Sawbench out of the rough

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Project by Ben posted 10-21-2012 01:53 PM 2216 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In my quest to use more hand tools I have finally built myself a sawbench. The joinery is probably more heavy duty than it needs to be. All wedged through tenons, but I figured I should practice some joinery as I built it. Started with rough sawn scrap lumber and used all hand tools. I’m getting quicker with each project not to mention its alot more fun and rewarding IMHO cutting wood by hand than with electricity.

I haven’t decided on whether or not to finish it. If i do, it will be with boiled linseed oil. I’m afraid the boards will slip to much on the top while in use. Any comments and suggestions are always welcome.

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#1 posted 10-21-2012 03:31 PM

Very nicely done. The joinery in the top is a nice touch.

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#2 posted 10-21-2012 05:53 PM

When it’s a work surface there is no such thing as more heavy duty than it needs to be on the joinery. Looks like a good and solid bench. Do you know what type of wood the legs are? The top looks like red oak but the legs look different.
Did you follow plans? Are the legs normally joined that close to the edge of the top?
I would also worry about the finish (oil) transferring to the work piece but i’m not that experienced.

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#3 posted 10-21-2012 10:54 PM

I wouldn’t worry about transfer of oil to the work. assuming it’s a light coat on dry wood. I’d use blo as suggested, and would work some beeswax into the underside of the legs to protect the end grain.

Solid looking bench, please do post a pic if it if you decide to finish it.

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#4 posted 10-22-2012 06:26 PM

Very nicely done—it looks better than the one I recently did, that’s for sure! Seems to be the (a?) season for sawbenches, I just read this post: of a similar build.

I like the design, although it seems that if you attached the legs a little more inboard then you’d have more clearance when sawing near the edge of the top. Although maybe the legs wouldn’t be wide enough if you did that.

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