If you use saws powered
by meat and muscle, you need a pair of sawbenches. Both you and the saw
work a lot better when your work rests on these kneecap-high platforms.
the last five years I’ve been teaching weekend classes on building a
sawbench that have proved to be surprisingly popular. But not everyone
can afford a class, the travel, the hotel and the time away from work
So at the urging of our customers, we filmed one of my classes here at Popular Woodworking Magazine
in front of a live class of 10 students. Drew DePenning, our web
editor, was the 11th student and followed the action at the bench with a
digital video camera.
He edited the two days of footage in a
marathon session down to 104 minutes of the lectures, demonstrations and
the students performing the work. As much as I hate to watch myself on
video, I think this DVD really captures the energy of the classroom
experience. I was surprised how much I enjoyed watching the sawbenches
The DVD is off to the press right now and will be
shipping at the end of November. If you order before then, you’ll get 20
percent off the $24.99 price – $19.99. The video portion is 104 minutes
long, and the DVD also includes a SketchUp drawing of the sawbench and
detailed step-by-step construction details with still photos.
And, as a special bonus, you get to hear Megan’s foul language get bleeped out as she helps me with a glue-up.
DVD is an excellent companion to my “Sawing Fundamentals” DVD released
earlier this year by Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. “Sawing Fundamentals”
focuses on the history, technology and ergonomics behind sawing — plus
the techniques that improve your accuracy. “Build a Sawbench” focuses on putting those ideas into practice. There is no overlap.
You can pre-order the DVD from our store here.
— Christopher Schwarz