Every workshop should have at least one saw bench. Not only is this an indispensable tool for sawing, it’s also a comfortable and portable workspace for chopping, boring and all sorts of other tasks.
This version of the classic saw bench includes some extra features. For one thing, there’s a split that runs down the center to support both sides of the board while you rip down its length. There are holes for holdfasts to secure your work while you drill or chop sitting down. And it’s large enough to use as a step stool or an extra seat while shooting the breeze. But the best part is it can be built with some old construction lumber!
This is a great project to try some new hand tool skills- While it may be built entirely with power tolls, the detailed instructions will also help you hand cut dovetails, tenons and other joinery if you wish to learn!
- Deluxe PDF Plans (Dimensions, cut list, drawings, build photos and step by step instructions)
- Dimensions: Inches (Cut list also includes dimensions in millimetres)
- Tools required: Hand saw, drill, chisel (power tools optional)
More about our deluxe plans:
Our deluxe project plans are more than just a set of dimensions. They include a comprehensive set of step-by-step instructions with dozens of photos and illustrations to walk you thorough the build.
You will NOT receive a paper plan. You will be sent a link to download a digital PDF document that is compatible with most computers and digital devices. You may print it yourself or take it to a printing service. We do not provide 3D Sketchup models or CNC G-code.
Below are some examples of what our deluxe project plans look like. This plan will be similar.
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