Saw Till

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Project by Scott R. Turner posted 02-20-2021 11:30 PM 930 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m in the midst of moving my workshop from a small basement space to a slightly larger basement space so I built a saw till to go on my new tool wall. The design is fairly standard. I don’t much like drawers for the workshop, so I didn’t put in the traditional bottom drawer but I did leave some space to store my saw files and so on. I often decorate my shop pieces, but in this case I thought the side profile and the contrast of the handle rod were sufficiently interesting.

The body of the till is poplar; the handle rod is walnut. It is finished with a couple of coats of BLO and hangs on a French cleat built into the top stringer.

I only made one big goof in the build. In the third photo you can see the patch where I misplaced the middle stringer on one of the side pieces. I put it above the reference line when it was meant to go below. I also forgot to saw the grooves on the stringers before gluing up the till. Fortunately I had enough room to saw them afterwards. You can perhaps see that I chiseled chamfers on the grooves to make it a little easier to guide the saw in. Larger saws go into grooves on both the top and middle stringer; I thought this might be a bit fussy but it’s not.

I don’t dovetail often so I’m not very good but you can see in the final photo that at least one of them came out well.

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#1 posted 02-21-2021 05:47 PM

Looks good Scott! I am just putting the last few coats of finish on my saw till today.

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#2 posted 02-21-2021 05:53 PM

Finish? :-)

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#3 posted 02-21-2021 06:14 PM

This would work well in my shop. Good design. Well done, Scott!

-- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. --Kevin in Happy Valley

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#4 posted 02-23-2021 12:55 AM

Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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