On Sunday I saw a post by Chris Schwarz on a “60 minute” saw bench he designed, so I decided to finally build a saw bench “companion” to the one I built last year. Something quick and dirty. All cuts were done with a bandsaw. Mating surfaces were planed smooth, glued and nailed. Took me all of 40 minutes.
Here is a picture of the new (left) bench next to the old (right) bench. They have an funny feminine/masculine appearance compared to each other, with the old bench looking like a bull with horns.
-Scott Los Angeles
It looks good and solid. I think sometimes we forget that these types of projects are for work and not display. If my grandad was still alive he would make fun of me for how much care I spent on making my bench and sawhorses ‘look’ good. “Theyr’ just for work, make em’ solid and move on,” he would say.
Greg- I totally agree with your grandfather on this project. It feels good just to get something done that is rock solid and perfectly functional, even if it is not perfectly crafted. Serves as good therapy for my procrastination and endless analysis. Now its time to use the bench to build things that are more perfectly crafted. 😉
-Scott Los Angeles
I love those horses 😉
I am more use to using a sawing horse than I am using a vice on a bench hieght feels all wrong on a bench. A hand / panel saw works much better on a sawing horse power going down not up or straight across.
When I was doing my city and guilds I was an older student and I use to use horses more than the bench vice. Tutor said to why don’t you use bench vice I said in the real world on site for a start you would not have a bench with a vice to hand and the saw horse would be how it would be done. I questioned tutors methods on a few occasions. A bench joiner finds it hard to adapt to site work. A carpenter will think he is at heaven at a bench. My old work mate has my old horses look worse for ware now but they seen the elements and about 25 years old.
I now use an old workmate took the extended legs off and use that to do my ripping crosscuting with hand/ panel saw.
Dagenham, Essex, England
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