Build a Sawbench in 60 Minutes with Christopher Schwarz

A New Woodworking Parlor Trick from Christopher Schwarz

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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.”

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  • 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.

    • Megan Fitzpatrick
      Megan Fitzpatrick

      It’s a sawbench, not a sawhorse, and the purpose for each of these appliances is quite different. There’s a reason for the height, leg splay, etc. You can read more about the sawbench, an important appliances for the hand-tool shop, here: https://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/chris-schwarz-blog/using-a-sawbench

      • 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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