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Project by Matt Stauffer posted 11-03-2010 03:21 AM 4799 views 15 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay, I’ve been lurking on this website for a few months and just finished up my first project since high school woodshop (power tools based) back in 1993. It’s based upon the Chris Schwartz sawbench. It’s made of southern yellow pine with oak dowel rods at the critical joints. I haven’t put any finish on it and probably won’t, since it is a tool in itself. I had been using my clothes hamper to lay boards across for sawing. My other project that is in the works is the English style workbench from Chris Schwartz’s book. I’m wanting to use a wooden screw for the leg vice on it, but it seems that the only person making them is backlogged.

-- Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. ~ John 5:24

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#1 posted 11-03-2010 03:27 AM

Great bench Matt.
And welcome to Lumberjocks!

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#2 posted 11-03-2010 03:30 AM

Very cool…....

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland, OR


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#3 posted 11-03-2010 03:45 AM

Very good! Another galoot among us. I made the same bench. I see you left your bottom shelf off as well – looked like just a dust collector to me. Piece of advice – make another one while you’re at it. You may want to use a different pattern for the second one, but you’ll definitely want two the same height.

I see we have similar taste in shop cats as well. Welcome aboard!

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#4 posted 11-03-2010 03:58 AM

Okay I will ask, what is the groove for? I am thinking for handsawiing something, but Am I missing the point?

But overall, a very stable and well put together project

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#5 posted 11-03-2010 04:33 AM

The notch at the front is for ripping operations and scroll saw type turning cuts. Thanks for the comments.

-- Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. ~ John 5:24

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#6 posted 11-03-2010 04:44 AM

Good looking sawbench Matt.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 11-03-2010 07:56 AM

Wow, awesome job on that bench, i made one a lot simpler, however i need another one i might make it a littel fancy then the first. Superb work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#8 posted 11-03-2010 02:28 PM

Yes a great job done.
And what a wonderful work space you have there.
Best thoughts,

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

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#9 posted 11-03-2010 07:47 PM

Try finding a screw box on ebay etc. to make your own screw. I got lucky and picked up a 2 1/2” monster. Roy Underhill describes how to make your own in one of his videos ( and in one of the books he has written. The title is “The Woodwright’s Workbook”.

Great saw bench!

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#10 posted 11-03-2010 09:50 PM

looks like you’re very good with those saws. Welcome to LJ’s. You’ll have a blast, and find everything ya want to find about any type of woodin on here. You’ll be hooked. I am

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#11 posted 11-04-2010 01:10 AM

Good looking sawbench, my saw horses are leaning over so bad i’ll need to replace them if you dont mine i’ll borrow your design, Welcome to LJ’s great people stay here.

-- A poor man has poor way's

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#12 posted 11-06-2010 05:28 PM

Nice looking sawbench.

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#13 posted 11-06-2010 05:40 PM

That looks handy.

Welcome aboard.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#14 posted 11-06-2010 05:47 PM

A great job Matt ,it looks like a very useful project


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#15 posted 11-06-2010 06:49 PM

I lover the joinery.I Just recently got into M&T joinery, so this really caught my eye. Wish mine were a neat and tight as yours. Great job on a long lasting addition to your shop. Rand

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