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Anonymous28 November 2012 at 11:49 pm #3977
David has the detail of levelling the bottoms of the legs covered, but – if I may add – should the legs be uneven in length you can measure each leg from the base of the platform/seat to find the shortest leg measurement and reduce each leg to match. Then pursue David’s description (Although a table/bench top can also be pressed into service as a level base) and scribe around the foot of each leg, but plan to remove as little material as possible, or reduce leg length to suit your planned saw horse/ table / chair finish height.29 November 2012 at 4:49 pm #4017
@tim That’s a lovely looking bench! Is it just 2x timber? Really interesting grain contrast and colours.
"To know and not do is to not know"Anonymous29 November 2012 at 4:50 pm #4018
Nice job Tim, It looks great29 November 2012 at 7:19 pm #4037
Love the way it turned out Tim, one of these days I’ll get around to applying the BLO to mine.
One trick that I like for leveling legs on projects like this is to use a couple of old decks of playing cards for spacing under the feet prior to marking/trimming to length. Almost infinite thickness possibilities, cheap (usually go for less than a quarter at garage sales and for this you don’t have to worry about not getting all 52), and easy to “shuffle” between legs when leveling.
Washington State, USA
My own humble blog:
Moving slower than a turtle but now it is actually ready for finishing!
I ended up doing a bit more complex joints for the short stretchers do to my mistake to chamfer the legs a bit to soon.
Unable to learn I did the same error on the short stretchers but I did not recess the long brace, not very visible but annoying non the less.
Enough of the complaining, I’m really happy with the result and all the things I’ve learned. This is my first project milling the stock by hand plane and using only hand tools. Also the first time I’ve done joinery more serious than a butt joint with glue and screws 😉
Some pics before the linseed carnage begins! Enjoy.
Located in Jönköping, Sweden.5 December 2012 at 3:33 pm #4259
Nice bench I think it looks better with the short stretches set into the legs,
I have now filled the screw holes in mine with a mix os sanding dust and PVA will sand down at the weekend and give it a few coats os Danish oil
Wigan, Lancs. England :6 December 2012 at 10:40 am #4316
Thanks for the help on levelling the legs. I’ve done it now and the saw bench is complete aside from trimming the ends of the stretchers flush (waiting for a flush cut saw from Santa!).
Richard Maguire blogged about his saw donkey yesterday. It’s an interesting design. Have a look here: http://www.theenglishwoodworker.com/?p=673
"To know and not do is to not know"Anonymous10 December 2012 at 6:13 pm #4496
I was looking at the saw donkeys also, I could fancy making them. For anyone else after making them here you go.
Check these out. Similar to the saw donkeys.
Texas, USA26 December 2012 at 6:48 pm #5626
After building a Chris Schhwarz designed saw bench I decided I did not have room for second one , but that two saw benches would be hanndy , so I built a smaller bench that would stack on top of the first one . See attached phot
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