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Made of redwood, constructed with hand tools, following Schwarz’s design.

To name a few of the veritable plethora of things i learned during this project:
• Nothing is flat
• Nothing is square
• A new respect for things that appear simple
• That i am a ridiculously slow woodworker, but very much at peace with that fact.
• That the amount of knowledge and help that can be found on LumberJocks is simply amazing.

There was plenty more i learned, actually TNTC (too numerous to count).

So i started with this:

Crosscut to rough length:

My initial attempt at ripping appeared to go very well. I was feeling smug with my ability to split the line:

That feeling was fleeting; as i felt like a numpty once i viewed my rip from another angle:

My rips did get better as my number of attempts increased:

I then dimensioned and squared all six sides of the several component pieces. As bumbling as i am with hand planes, this took forever. The feeling of chasing my tail was a constant for me in this process. Here are a couple pictures of my results:

When cutting the joints i did not own a router plane so i clamped a block on each side of the board. Once i made sure they were exactly on my mark i squozed the bejeezus out of them; preparing the joint to be accurately cleaned up. I pared from outside to the center to avoid spelching:

I started assembling:

I used a damp paper towel to wipe off the glue squeeze out and this is what resulted; mold i am guessing. I was hoping to not use sandpaper, so this bummed me out a little:

Drilled pilot holes for the cut nails:

I felt satiated once everything had been cut flush and nailed:

The tools i used and my fancy workbench:

I applied a coat of boiled linseed oil and called it done:

That is a sh!t-pot full of photos (maybe this should have been a blog instead?). In any case if you made it this far then i am sure your interest is dwindelating, so i will wrap it up.

As always, all comments, critiques, suggestions, threats and fits of pointing and laughing are welcome.

Thanks for having a look.

-- ~Tony

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#1 posted 11-11-2012 09:54 PM

Very good Tony. It looks great.

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

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#2 posted 11-11-2012 10:29 PM

Nice work Tony,it looks great.

The fact that you used all those words we lol’d over the last month in the epic thread in writing this up is nothing short of Yodatic(new word).Above Jedi and way above Jaba the Hut(Chrisstef).


-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#3 posted 11-11-2012 11:47 PM

Very nicely done. I enjoyed your solution for accurate joint clean up.

Sawbenches make me happy. I Just decided on making a third (perhaps I have a problem).

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

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#4 posted 11-12-2012 12:05 AM

This is an Awesome post. A beginner’s project done from scratch with only minimal tools available and plenty of determination to not accept less than the best! I am impressed.
and as for the sawbench, I want one of those! Good for you, Tony.


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#5 posted 11-12-2012 01:21 AM

Excellent use of hand tools…and language! :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#6 posted 11-12-2012 01:33 AM

Looks nice – which version of Schwarz’ design did you use?

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#7 posted 11-12-2012 03:10 AM

Nice bench. I had a new respect for angles and hand sawing after I made mine as well.

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#8 posted 11-12-2012 03:26 AM

Great looking project, photos and write up Tony. You did a good job on this bench.

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#9 posted 11-12-2012 03:38 AM

Nice work! I like the stretcher down the middle

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#10 posted 11-12-2012 04:38 AM

Thank you very much everyone.

Bhog - There was one that i was unable to work in; the DonYodaism of EBSN1M (enough but still need one more). :-/

Ryan – You donated the saw, nails and guidance. Thank you for all the help man. Actually, thinking about it now i basically took your Making a Saw-Stool class, only online … so it looks like i owe you $150. I need to square with ya.

Arminius - It’s the “Build a $5.87 Sawbench” and on the bottom of each pdf page is “Y1532i_pg230-239.indd” and a date/time “8/18/10 3:20 PM”. I hope that answers your question.

-- ~Tony

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#11 posted 11-12-2012 05:39 AM

Yes, it does, thanks – he has updated it, simplified it, etc for quite a few versions – it is one of the next projects I have in mind, but have yet to settle on which one to do.

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#12 posted 11-12-2012 02:59 PM

I love the fact that you used the word numpty, my wife and I say that all the time and haven’t heard anyone else use it, except for the Brits.

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#13 posted 11-12-2012 03:29 PM

Awesome Tony!

-- Jason K

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#14 posted 11-12-2012 05:27 PM

good job
thanks for sharing all the pictures as well

now you have discovered nothing is flat or square
I gess you found out that nothing is straight either … :-)


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#15 posted 11-12-2012 06:06 PM

The word numpty was brought to my attention by and used in honor of the fine gentleman / LJ’er Brit.

I did, in fact, neglect to mention that Dennis; nothing is straight.

Thanks for having a look guys.

-- ~Tony

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