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post #1 of 20 Old 01-04-2013, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Saw bench build

My latest "need" for my workspace is a saw bench. I intend to build one similar to the "traditional" saw bench this weekend, of which this is an example, which I found here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/2409

This will be my project thread for that. I will be using 2x3s for the legs, glued and screwed together, because that is what I have. The top will be an old piece of 2x8 that was left over from an old bench that was in the house when we moved in. I cut the legs already (with my hand saw), and after I did that, I realised that I should have put dados in them so I could do a quasi-mortise and tenon joint instead of what I usually do. That would have given me more a little more practice with joinery than the way I am doing it, but it should still be plenty strong enough for how I will be using it.

Sigh. Live and learn.

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You can always use a floating tenon, and cut dado's in both pieces being joined.
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The problem is that I already cut them to be assembled like this, using one 8' long 2x3, so I don't have enough to dado the 2 halves to make a quasi mortise.
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That's a great project, Chris... and a very handy item to have too.

I look forward to seeing pictures as you go.

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Looking forward to your build, a saw bench is on my list (a very long list) of things I need to make projects a little easier.

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I agree. A saw bench is essential! Kinda wonder how I ever got along without mine. Looking forward to seeing yours.
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My the first pic was my original idea for the legs, and i had bought and cut the first two like that. I had not done the other two yet. So I decided that since I needed more wood anyway, I'll go ahead and do it right. After all, an 8 foot long 2x3 is only $1.87.

I only got two legs done today ... damn life getting in the way again!

But I love the bench hooks ... those things are really useful!

The mortises are 1"wide and 1 3/4" tall. That means I will be taking off 1/4" from the sides of the cross piece and 3/8" from the top and bottom for the tenons. I have read that you only want to take about 1/3 of the wood off for the tenon when possible. Is that right?
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I got the legs done and mortised. And I made my first tenon! I have never done a mortise and tenon joint before, either by hand or with a machine, so it tool alot longer than it would for most of you who have been doing this for a while. I spent about an hour sneaking up on it and chiseling off miniscule amounts, worrying that I was going to make a mistake and make it too small.
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Looks good so far Chris. I use a couple of old saw horses that I built for carpentry. The splayed legs get in the way when I'm ripping lumber. I gotta build one of these.
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progress. now the my bench is done, i can focus again on other projects.

i cut the ends of the legs at 80 degrees and notched the tops to accept the seat.

the i focused on the cross pieces for the legs. i had forgotten the the mortises are 1 3/4" tall, and i cut the 2nd tenon 1 1.2". oops.i will make a couple of wedges for it. it is not great, but with glue and a pin, it should be good enough for the use.

then i went to get the other 2x3 to make the other cross piece, and it was gone! i think i used it when building the bench. but really wanted to make more progress, so i remembered that i have about 100 of those big 1 1/2 x 1/4 x 21 paint stirrers from home depot. every time i go there, i grab a handful.

so i glued a bunch of them together to make one. it is surprisingly strong. it also has 1 1/2" tenons, so i will have to make more wedges. sigh.
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Nice. The paint stick thing is pretty resourceful.
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Thanks Mack.

Here is the finished product. It is very sturdy. I will probably paint it to pretty it up some. And the only power tool that was used was a drill for the pilot holes for the screws

I guess that means it is not really finished. Sigh.

I am curious why alot of them have that mouth thing in the front. I imagine it is to help hold the wood, or is it for angled cuts? I have not put such a mouth in mine, but if I understand the purpose, I can add one.
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Well bud looks like you did a good job but what is it for... a saw I know, but I'm not understanding it looks like a short saw horse maybe you could have someone take a pic of you using it so I understand?
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Looks nice and solid, last saw stool I made was back in 1987. I might still have them, now you got me thinking, yes I have in my disorganised shed with some shelving it standing on top of my work bench. If I want to be embarrassed I'll post a pic of the shed one day.

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Nice job Chris. I need to make something similar to that for peeling logs.

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Well bud looks like you did a good job but what is it for... a saw I know, but I'm not understanding it looks like a short saw horse maybe you could have someone take a pic of you using it so I understand?
here, read these:

http://www.popularwoodworking.com/pr...ional_sawbench

http://www.popularwoodworking.com/wo...ing-a-sawbench

http://www.wkfinetools.com/wWorking/...gRipUse-02.asp

they also answered my question about what the mouth is for.
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Posted my shop I'm the shop thread Chris. Surprised my saw benches are not in there. Gonna have to have another look for them.

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well, it's finally done. you can't see it in this pic, but there is a 3/4" hole in the top for a clamp. The paint job is to bring it in line with the color scheme for the garage.

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That was a long time between drinks. Looks fine

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