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I have been following Mafe's Blog on the creation of his Japanese Workshop (http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/30773) as I am interested in the tools and approach to construction that they embody. I don't have the option to work indoors, like Mafe. My workshop is in the garage where I have a bench with a tool well along the back edge. Having followed Mafe's approach on saw horses I thought it would be interesting to make a pair of them using traditional techniques but instead of using them for working on the floor I made them to fit across my bench surface anchored at the front and in the tool well by their cross members. I also renamed them "Bench Horses". I added some holes to take two dowels to provide a support when sawing. The item being sawn is placed in front of the dowel as the Japanese saw cuts on the pull stroke.
Picture 1 shows the Horses waiting for a bench
Picture 2 shows them saddled across my bench
Picture 3 shows the arrangement when sawing wood.

I think this might be a useful addition to the traditional bench hook, especially when large pieces of timber and Japanese pull saws are being used.

Jim

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very cool adaptation!
 

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It's very interesting, Jim. It's not something that I know much about but Mads has raised my curiosity about it and now you. What you've done here looks good.

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They are super cool.
I love the stops you added, this makes them even more versitile.
Yes they will work perfectly on the bench also.
I will ad a link to your post from my blog.
Thanks for the words and for sharing this.
This is the direct link to the horses on my blog: http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/30173
Best of my thoughts,
Mads
 

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Very nice Jim. I would think they would work better than a bench hook for use with Japanese saws.
 

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Thanks for the link Mads. I think they might also work on a workmate Andy!
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Looks great and surely works well. Extra clearance is always good to help prevent damage to your bench top.

I use my bench hook with my Japanese saws, but I reverse it with the stop in the tool tray instead of on the bench front so the workpiece is on the back of the hook to resist the pulling motion of the saw.
 

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Hi Jim

Can you remember the much smaller version of one of these on David Charlesworth's bench? He uses it to rest his Japanese chisels on. He told me he got the idea from the saw horses by Toshio Odate, in his book Japanese Woodworking Tools. Very smart.

Cheers
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Hi John
My bench is based on David's design and those saw horses fit it quite nicely.


I don't recall seeing them when I was at David's place, it was a few years ago. I find them quite useful.
Jim
 

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Hi Jim.
Lovely bench. We may have both used the same one.
I sketched and measured up this bench and have it on my "to do" list, which seems to get longer due to people like yourself. Lol

Well done that man!

Cheers,
John.
 

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I think the way you've got them sized to your workbench is fantastic! I made a set for placement on the floor years ago, but will soon be making a new pair sized for my bench.

Thanks,
Lou
 
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