Traditional vs. split top saw bench?

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Forum topic by weedeater64 posted 05-22-2018 03:25 PM 646 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2018 03:25 PM

Which would you, or did you build and why?


Also, if you would, describe what you wish you’d have done differently. eg.. your perfect saw bench would be …...

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#1 posted 05-22-2018 03:38 PM

I have had both. I currently have a split top with a removable and reversible center filler. In one orientation it is notched to sit flush with the bench and the opposite it stick up 1/2” to be used as a planing stop. I can also remove it completely to allow for easier clamping. To each his/her own.

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#2 posted 05-22-2018 04:27 PM

Traditional saw bench, C. Schwarz’ first iteration. Love it. It’s heavy (doesn’t scoot around), perfect height, and has a shelf for holding tools vs. putting them on the floor when I take it ‘on site.’ I don’t rip with hand saws so having a split top saw bench isn’t needed.

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#3 posted 05-22-2018 05:41 PM

Split top. Love it … makes for continuous ripping without having to re-position the stock, also offers supports on both sides of the cut.

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