Improved Saw Bench for Rip Cuts

  • Advertise with us
Project by briant posted 11-18-2011 08:45 PM 53787 views 118 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had made a Popular Woodworking/Schwarz style saw bench but found it not to be so great for making long rip cuts. Ron Herman’s design seemed to make more sense with it’s perpendicular sides, and holdfasts, but I still wanted a way to make rip cuts on narrow boards and still have everything supported. Some of the Saw Bench designs I found on the web had a slottted top but all had cross members (for rigidity) that you had to work around when making rip cuts. With this design they’re not in the way
The draw-bored mortice and tenon joints at the base made it surprisingly rigid.
It’s made from HD 2X4’s and 2X6’s

-- Brian, New Mexico

41 comments so far

View Smitty_Cabinetshop's profile


17571 posts in 3899 days

#1 posted 11-18-2011 08:56 PM

Nice bench with excellent joinery. Well done on it and what I’ll assume is a handle restoration on that Disston! If I move towards doing more rip cuts by hand, I’ll pull this project to copy. Thanks for sharing!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

View Don W's profile (online now)

Don W

20241 posts in 3849 days

#2 posted 11-18-2011 09:48 PM

one of the reasons this hasn’t made it to the top of my to-do list is I can’t decide on a style. I always figured I’d need 2. Now that you’ve changed that requirement, it may move up a notch. Nice looking bench.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

View rance's profile


4279 posts in 4442 days

#3 posted 11-18-2011 09:54 PM

Wow. I didn’t know folks used saws like that any more. Where’s the cord? Nice job on the bench.

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

View PurpLev's profile


8652 posts in 4930 days

#4 posted 11-18-2011 09:58 PM

oh very nice. looks like this provides with great support for the board. will have to check rob coseman version. curious…

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

View Dennisgrosen's profile


10880 posts in 4396 days

#5 posted 11-19-2011 12:02 AM

good job on the sawbench :-)


View RGtools's profile


3372 posts in 3936 days

#6 posted 11-19-2011 12:04 AM

Nicly done. In a few month do us a favor and post a review of the bench. I would like to see how it holds up to abuse. I think it will pass with a joinery you picked.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

View mafe's profile


13403 posts in 4370 days

#7 posted 11-19-2011 01:56 AM

Thats clever!
I have not wanted a sawbench before now!
Thank you for sharing this idea with us.
Best thoughts,

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

View exelectrician's profile


2339 posts in 3708 days

#8 posted 11-19-2011 02:34 AM

Your saw horse design is so sweet! I sure could have used one of those 53 years ago when I cut the parts out for my dads boat – everything was hand sawn with Disstons (only the best for us) LOL

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

View RRGR's profile


54 posts in 4615 days

#9 posted 11-19-2011 02:42 AM

Rance you are so silly there is no cord! Its battery powered

View Dallas's profile


73 posts in 4246 days

#10 posted 11-19-2011 04:16 AM

That’s a lovely execution of a utilitarian tool. I really like the styling of the feet.

-- If a tree falls in the neighbor's woods, and no one is there to hear it...can you take it home, mill it and turn it into a coffee table without your neighbor making a sound?

View Wayne's profile


196 posts in 3874 days

#11 posted 11-19-2011 05:14 AM

Im interested in how well this will hold up. It certainly looks great. You may have settled my mind on a design type. A+ on joinery.

View briant's profile


31 posts in 4056 days

#12 posted 11-19-2011 07:31 AM

Thanks all for the compliments, I will keep you all posted as to the success or failure of this project. I’m not sure if I will even put a finish on it as it was only a poke in the dark. I’m thinking that a few holes drilled for hold fasts might be a good idea, but the wood used for this prototype is pretty soft. I’ll have to think this through a bit more. So far so good. For a ripping saw bench it’s looking good so far…......
Again thank you all for the encouraging words.

-- Brian, New Mexico

View tenontim's profile


2131 posts in 5025 days

#13 posted 11-19-2011 03:02 PM

I really like this bench. Great design and the functionality is perfect. My problem is I only use Japanese saws and it wouldn’t really work for me. Just could help commenting on it. Nice work on a very functional piece of shop equipment.

View mafe's profile


13403 posts in 4370 days

#14 posted 11-19-2011 04:46 PM

Why Tim?

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

View Bertha's profile


13624 posts in 3974 days

#15 posted 11-19-2011 04:50 PM

I love this sawbench. This is one I might actually build. Thanks for sharing!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

showing 1 through 15 of 41 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics