Saw Bench

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Project by Dan Wolfgang posted 04-11-2018 01:55 AM 2230 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a saw bench. I’ve done most of my rough sawing by clamping to my workbench or table, then standing on a milk crate to get a little higher. That’s not ideal because I’m not at the right height and I’m balancing on a milk crate… so I needed a saw bench. I like the looks of Tom Fidgeon’s design, which I’ve seen others here on Lumberjocks build. I didn’t buy his book, instead just sort of following what his looks like. I found a piece of 6/4 honey locust at a great price, so grabbed it. The color and grain look fantastic! The wood is very hard (harder than hard maple), however, and I’m glad it’s done just so that I can move on to working with something a little softer again. The bench height matches me—I don’t even know how tall it actually is, it just fits under my knee. 3’ long, and the top is a foot across. I’ve sawed a few test pieces with it and was pleased with how easy it was to position my body to make straight and plumb cuts. I think the bench may also be nice to sit on to do some mortising, too. Finished with Bush Oil, and made 100% by hand, of course.

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#1 posted 04-11-2018 01:57 AM

Good looking bench, Dan. Kudos!

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#2 posted 04-11-2018 01:59 AM

Great job.

Made to fit the maker is always important.

Honey locust is a very nice wood too. I do agree; it tests equipment and resolve too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 04-11-2018 09:53 AM

Good looking bench, Dan. Having one that fits you will make breaking down lumber much easier.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 04-11-2018 01:23 PM

Your bench looks great and very functional too. Beautiful job in construction and design. Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#5 posted 04-11-2018 01:58 PM

Good looking sawbench. You may soon realize that you need two. I have two in my shop and I often use them in tandem more than my main bench.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 04-11-2018 02:03 PM

Nice work on the saw bench. There are some add-on features that work nicely with that style bench if you decide you want to add them. Hold downs, fence, etc.

I made a companion bench for mine so that I could rest long stock on it. The saw bench stacks on top of the companion bench when stored away.

Because you primarily rip cut along the front side of that style bench, you don’t have to worry about cutting thru the cross members. Just cut, slide, cut, slide. Again that is where the companion bench comes in handy.

Most generally, you only cut in the middle of the bench when you have a short piece that you want to support on both sides.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." MIke in CO

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#7 posted 04-11-2018 04:20 PM

Great bench, good job! You’ve inspired me to plan on making one. I also appreciate BlasterStumps idea about having a companion bench.

-- Steve, Minneapolis area

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#8 posted 04-11-2018 10:47 PM

Great project. Its nice when your tools fit you. Keeps your back feeling good!

-- I could quit if I wanted

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#9 posted 04-12-2018 01:36 AM

Thanks for all the comments and feedback, all! I’m curious to use it more and really get a feel for it.

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#10 posted 04-12-2018 02:14 AM

Looks good enough to rest more than your knee on

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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