The no-nonsense usefulness of a sawbench in the shop can’t be overstated. Making a pair of them merely multiplies the benefits.
Sawbenches have been used by craftsmen for centuries. These short work supports were originally intended to aid in using a handsaw. And while they’re fully capable of handling this task, this splayed-leg design makes the bench useful for several other tasks. With a wider top and shorter stance than a sawhorse, a sawbench is appropriately sized so that you can kneel on a board to provide clamping pressure. And the ripping notch on one end allows a workpiece to be fully supported during long rip cuts. Beyond these basic functions, a sawbench (or better yet, a pair of them) can also be used as a general assembly station or as finishing supports. A thick top with dog holes provides multiple clamping options. Best of all, you can knock out a pair of these benches during a pleasant weekend in the shop.
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What You Get:
- 12 printable (digital) pages of step-by-step instructions
- 60 full-color photos and illustrations and exploded views
- Cutting diagram and materials list
- Technique for cutting compound miters
- Retail sources for project supplies
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The United States Customary System of Units (USCS or USC), more commonly referred to as the English or Imperial system, is the standard set of units for our plans. It uses inches and feet for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are in the United States, and it is the one we have traditionally offered on this website.
The International System of Units (SI), more commonly referred to as the metric system, is the alternative set of units that we have available for some of our plans. It uses millimeters, centimeters, and meters for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are outside the United States. These plans are provided by our business partner, Australian Woodsmith, and are based on the original Woodsmith plan. However, dimensions and other elements of the plan may vary between the metric and standard versions. Be sure to double-check the plan before building.
All of the information that you need to build our plans can be found in the standard plan. However, if you want even more granular detail to make your job easier, you should consider our premium plans. These come with additional shop diagrams that we drew when creating the prototypes. Shop drawings are not available for every plan.