Workbench Customisations: Saw Hangers
This is an episode in a free series. Want to watch it? It is free to do so, you just need to log into the site, and you can enjoy this video and many other videos we think you will love.
Paul hangs his three backsaws at the bench to keep them at hand. The holders make sure that they can’t fall off when not in use in the day to day of woodworking.
So simple, so nice! 🙂
Nice “saw keepers” but the location is not preferred by me. I like to keep the front face of my bench unobstructed for holding large pieces of work.
Different strokes for different folks.
I agree Jim . I have 3/4 inch holes for bench dogs . I like a clear front too .
Taking into account that I oversized my vise jaw like Paul did, I have a bit more than 1/2 inch between my saws and any long piece of wood I would fit in my vise.
Jim and Christopher, few weeks ago I wrote a post on WWMC forum about a saw holder that I’ve made. Perhaps you have seen it. If not, please take a moment and see if it can be helpful for your operations. Here is the link to the forum https://woodworkingmasterclasses.com/discussions/topic/workbench-tool-tray-tenon-saw-holder/#post-549160
Thanks guys, nice little project 😉
I can appreciate that these shaped blocks will prevent the saws jumping off their dowels when there’s movement of the bench. Also, the saws will be unable to rotate in an anti-clockwise direction as they will jam against the dowel and block, but clockwise rotation might occur, possibly leading to gradual ‘walking’ of the saw off the dowel.
Would it be a good idea to pre-load the saw by moving the block pivot screw down a little way? This would mean the saw would not be freely-hanging but turned slightly clockwise. In this position, gravity would hold the saw against the block, preventing any swinging effect induced by the bench’s movement. Otherwise, a great project with obvious time-saving and ease-of-access advantages.
You can certainly try it, but Paul hasn’t found it necessary and means that they can be taken off very easily.
Many thanks, Phil
Thank you Paul. It’s the little things in life ……….
And the drawer video is due when?
Don’t rush it William. You have a pencil outline!
Videos are much more diluted now.
Trestles were filmed around a year ago, but have just aired, spread over two weeks. Workbench re-filming was last autumn, aired over the whole of winter and spring. Saw-toggles occupied an entire episode.
They’ve been busy with moving, updating website, and new studio.
Workbench Drawer & Sharpening-shelf will probably take us to Christmas.
Hello William, we haven’t finished filming it yet, but it should be out in the next few months.
I’ve been using them for almost 3 years now since I saw them on the blog. They’re great, only a little uncomfortable if you prepare a lot of long pieces from rough stock, they tend to grab the pocket rim of my pants while planing dropping the saws. But if you take them out and are conscious of the screws you forget they’re there and are super handy for 90% of the work.
I had the same issue, for tired of it. Made a whole different system.
I’m almost done with my bench and will be doing this (left handed though, so the saws will be facing the other way). So intriguing to see The Drawer penciled in!
Hi there from Portugal,
Very nice addictions,
I made some vertical drawers almost in the same place but detached from workbench
as you can see in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2q2BGZP1T0
Obrigado(Thanks) Master Paul and team.
can’t wait to make these, it’ll be nice to have them in the same place every time I reach for them.
Thank you. This is great, i’ve never been organised properly and I can’t wait for all the bench modifications. Can I just ask the dimensions of your drawer please so I can hang my saws in the correct place?
The drawer is 6″/152mm from the vise and is 12″/305mm wide. It starts the thickness of the benchtop down from the top surface and is 4″/102mm deep. Hope that gives you what you need.
That’s great, thank you Philip.
Nice video. I really appreciate your willingness to help us, Paul and team. I couldn’t get over the vise though. Very nice and looks very strong too. Could you possibly share the manufacturer name? Thanks
I believe it’s a 9″ Eclipse quick release.
It is indeed. See the FAQ for answers to more questions: https://woodworkingmasterclasses.com/workbench-faq/
I never thought I’d ever hear Paul utter the words “we’re not looking for an exact fit” …..What is world coming to! LOL
As ever a simple and effective way to hang the saws. Excellent video as we have come to expect.
Some have worried about the saws being in the way of long work. If you hang the saws with the tips of their horns below the vise bars, won’t that address the problem almost all of the time? I’m left handed but have my vise on the left side of the bench, like a righty. My saws hang to the left of the vise, so they’re never in the way of longer work. My bench is different though, and I’m not sure they ever could be in the way.
If you’re a lefty, remember not just to hang the saws on the left of the vise, but you probably want the saws flipped around, too, compared to what Paul shows so that the teeth face to the right (towards the vise). Otherwise, the saw will be upside down every time you grab it.
You really, really don’t want to skip that tubing. I did and cut up my handles on the threads before I realized they were causing it.
“Some have worried about the saws being in the way of long work.”
Not if you mounted the vise like Paul does. The inner jaw liner sits about an inch and a half proud of the apron.
I have a saw hanger as well, it’s very useful not only for tenon saws but also for panel or rip saws. I went for a folding IKEA towel hook, as sometimes I need to plane long boards and this sits less than flush of the vise jaw when folded closed, so it’s not in the middle. Works good so far. I describe it wit pictures in the forum section.
But Paul’s version is much nicer 🙂
I suspect there is some sort of video manipulation going on here. The step from the 9:16 to 9:18 mark usually takes me around 30 minutes to an hour.
The magic of film.
??? Taking a piece of wood out of the vise takes you 30 minutes?
I assume he means to find an appropriate piece of sand paper.
LOL, correct Ecky. Actually, I look like that trying to find anything. I wish I could find it in 2 seconds like he did!
Oh. Well, my first 3 projects after finishing my bench were “sandpaper caddies” so I always seem to have plenty of it right in front of me! Sorry I missed the funny! 🙂
I keep mine on the wall down at Home Depot – an hour sounds about right:)