Saw bench with integrated clamping

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Project by swirt posted 06-07-2010 10:49 PM 16727 views 34 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This sawbench is only 18” tall which makes it perfect for sawing (crosscut or rip) and also serves double duty as my toddler’s workbench. The rip slot down the middle also has a saddle to set in a 3’ pipe clamp which can serve in a variety of ways. A couple of simple dovetails joints and a few dados are all the joints needed.

This was built from all rough sawn pine using only non-electric hand tools. This saw bench can be made easily with ordinary 2×8 lumber.

The finish is amber shellac.

These are incredible handy and I use them all the time. To see the full details along with SketchUp plans, you can read about the saw bench construction

-- Galootish log blog,

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#1 posted 06-07-2010 11:25 PM

This a great idea the only thing I could not handle is the 18” part.


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#2 posted 06-08-2010 12:15 AM

Looks like winner,swirt! Thanks

-- there's someone in my head but it's not me...

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#3 posted 06-08-2010 12:38 AM

Second saw bench I’ve looked at today. Must be something contagious, I’m in the process of making on a couple of them too. I’ve got a rather strong affection for using hand tools too. Congratulations on finishing such a useful project.

-- There's no such thing as mistakes, just design changes.

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#4 posted 06-08-2010 02:29 AM

Very nice bench.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 06-08-2010 02:47 AM

thats a cool idea

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#6 posted 06-08-2010 05:12 AM

a1Jim, the 18” is just the height of the lower portion of my kneecap. Anyone building a set should adjust the height to match their own knee cap.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 06-09-2010 01:41 AM


-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#8 posted 06-09-2010 04:09 AM

Thanks … but its not perfect yet. Wait till you see the add on that turns it into a shaving horse. (coming soon … gotta go take photos of it)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 06-09-2010 02:34 PM


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#10 posted 06-25-2010 10:50 PM

This is such a brilliant idea, I will have to make one!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#11 posted 06-25-2010 10:53 PM

this is awesome- also love the tool set ;) cute.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#12 posted 06-26-2010 01:26 AM

Mafe, they work best in pairs. I’d be honored if you made one or two.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#13 posted 08-03-2010 01:27 PM

Some good ideas here. Nice design.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#14 posted 03-21-2011 11:10 AM

I don´t know how this one skipped thrugh the net with out any notice
sorry I will try to do it better Steve :-) but thank´s to
who had pointed me to it from his sawbench project I got a second chance :-)

I like this bench….I´m convinced that I did write a comment back then …. hmmm most have forgooten
to click on the post comment bottom :-(
well back to the subject … I like your sawbench as well and can´t say witch one is the best concept to have
both have some nice quality´s that would be nice to have on the other
please help me here Steve as soon as I have finished restoring a deason amount of the tools
I need to build both some sawbenches and sawhorse´s

take care

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#15 posted 03-21-2011 05:05 PM

Glad you got to see it now Dennis ;)
I like SilverBackReef’s variation on this design. I think mine is faster to make. His requires more glue-up laminations and joint cutting. The advantage of his is that the legs are thick enough to allow for the holdfast holes, which I think is brilliant. Whether it is worth all the extra joinery probably depends most on what you plan to use the side clamping feature for and how often. If I were in your shoes wondering which to build, I would probably build one of each, since they are most effective used in pairs AND they have some subtle differences in use. As I am sure you would realize, it would be great practice to build them both since the joinery is so different.

Both I think are plenty strong. His is probably stronger, but I have put mine through some pretty heavy tasks and never even once thought it was close to any kind of failure or weakness.

I think there are a couple modifications I would make to either one. I describe them more after I have had a bit more time to roll them over in my mind.

-- Galootish log blog,

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