A New Woodworking Parlor Trick from Christopher Schwarz

Christopher Schwarz just posted on his Lost Art Press blog about his latest parlor trick: “Making a Sawbench in 60 Minutes or Less (or More).” He’ll be doing this on stage (I believe it’s a metaphorical stage, but he’s tall enough to make it seem as if he’s on a riser, at least) at Woodworking in America 2012, in both locations. And after each session, he’ll be giving the freshly built sawbench to a lucky audience member.

And if you haven’t yet signed up, it’s not too late. We’ll be taking registrations on site at the Pasadena Convention Center (Oct. 12-14), and you can still sign up for the Greater Cincinnati event (Nov. 2-4) on the conference web site.

Hmmm…I’d best start working on a woodworking party trick for Cincinnati. Let’s see…I’ll bet I can destroy a sawbench in 5 minutes, or less, if I can get my hands on one of those nifty Wetterlings Axes Lie-Nielsen just posted about on its Facebook page.

— Megan Fitzpatrick

p.s. If you’re interested in learning how to build a more traditional-looking sawbench (and getting good practice with your saw and chisels), I recommend the DVD “Build a Sawbench with Christopher Schwarz.”

3 thoughts on “A New Woodworking Parlor Trick from Christopher Schwarz

  1. red2erni

    I do see its hard to do something useful and sort of new all the
    time, but it seems a waist of perfectly good low quality wood to
    make poor design quality goods no matter how quickly. These
    Horses don’t stack but with a little design and skilled work theycould have had legs and gussets inset and canted which would also improve weight bearing and even use double high to match a bench top. With an actual sketch “design” – up they might also be morticed so grain ends carry more weight than metal fasteners and the legs could be less “gout like” and over weight as even a freshman structural analysis of the offered structure would reveal. With just a smidgen addition of studied joinery, they might wear comley finish to advantage, escape winter duty under the dingy in the boathouse and enjoy employment as artisan support for a table or desk in some deco loft or professional office; a little less rushing around and much more beauty and utility please.

      1. cbf123

        The link you posted does talk about using two sawbenches for long rips, so it would seem beneficial to be able to stack them.

        I think red2erni’s main objections can be answered by the simple fact that this is a “quick and dirty” bench, and he should feel free to make any tweaks desired to improve grace and elegance.

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