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I've been meaning to make a saw bench for a while now. Since I got into hand tool work I have been using a chair as a saw bench. It had served me well but it was a tad too tall and I always hated when the saw hit the metal legs of the chair and longer rips have always been a challenge.

Fast forward to today. A friend had given me an old Oak fireplace mantle so I figured it would make a nice bench top. I made it 9" wide and 30" long. For the legs I had some 1-1/2" Maple. I drilled the holes in the top freehand hoping that the feet would flare out and have almost the same footprint as the top. Some worked out better than others but it's still pretty stable. I used some mahogany wedges and glue to keep everything together then cut the legs to give the bench a final height of 20" and added a hole for a holdfast.

As it sits right now there is no finish on it but I may give it a coat or two of Danish Oil later on.

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Nice! I always love the ways those round through tenons look from the top, especially when you add the wedge.
 

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Very nice!
 

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Looks great Gmath.

+1 on the appeal of the wedge look
 

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This is my favorite design of sawbench. I have a few different kinds in my shop, but this one is lightwieght, easy to build, pretty and very functional. I have two of this style at home and they see constant use.

Let me know if the hold fast hole comes in handy. I will make a 30 second modificaiton if it is.
 

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Very nice
 

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Pretty cool! I use mine a lot. Works great for the kids to stand on to play on my workbench, it also functions as a step stool, chair, all kinds of stuff. We even bring it inside pretty often for when the kids have friends over and we need an extra seat. I need to make another one.
 

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Nice and simple design. :D
 

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I like the saw too
 

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Very nice! I can't tell you how much I could have done with that at the weekend. I sharpened a 5 1/2 PPI rip saw, then clamped a piece of softwood to my crappy Workmate to test it out. I was recording it for my saw sharpening video and when I played it back, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. The Workmate was flexing up and down like nobody's business and it just looked ridiculous. I'll have to find something that is the right height and solid to use in order to show what that saw can do. Oh well, you live and learn. Take 2 next weekend. :eek:)
 

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What you waiting for Andy? Grab some Sapele and MDF scraps and make yourself one!
 

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MDF Scraps? What do you take me for? I can promise you that there won't be any MDF in my saw bench when I build it. It will be my next project because I'm desperate. In the meantime, I think I'll kick over a big flower planter and use that.
 

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You could throw a bench like this together in the morning before filming starts Andy. Would also be a good excuse to break out some of fancy braces of yours. I really had no idea how much I needed one until I had a bench to use.

The saw is a $5 saw I cleaned up. It's 7 tpi rip and it cuts straight and fast. Of the umpteen saw I have this is my go to saw.

The holdfast hole did come in useful while ripping narrow boards. I used a holdfast instead of my knee which made it pretty easy to rip a 2" board in half.
 

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+1 on what gmath says. Andy, this saw bench takes a dew hours if you go slow. It's well worth the time and materials.
 
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