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A Sawyer’s Bench in Texas


Hey folks~

I received a letter from JD in Texas this weekend and wanted to share it with you. JD recently finished making a Sawyer’s Bench following the plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop.

Great job on the Saw Bench JD! ( and great job on the photos~; ) 

I love how you bookmatched the top boards…really nice touch! I hope you get lots of use out of your new Saw bench; thanks again for sharing this with us!


Side View



Here in Texas, if you don’t have an air-conditioned shop you tend to stay out of the shop for many months due to the heat (unless you are a Beast).  Even though it cooled down, I didn’t get back in the shop until November.  I have started a project for the Boy Scouts building a Chuck Box.  I was getting tired of sawing from a step ladder to saw off of my work bench ripping wood for the Chuck Box.  So I decided it was time to build a saw bench, the Sawyers’ Bench from “The Unplugged Woodshop Hand-Crafted Projects for the Home & Workshop”.  ( last year you did predict I would work on one of your projects, you were right ?)

Unplugged in Texas

It didn’t take too long, an hour here and there over a few weeks weeks as time allowed.  There were a few joints that weren’t as tight as I would like (the first one and the last one go figure) but they weren’t too bad.  The top is a little thinner, I started with 8/4 after the resawing, and then planing they ended up at ¾” thick but the mirrored top looks nice.  I had a bit of a problem getting the fence square, so it’s a little shorter too.  It’s all good though, it’s a sawbench and better to learn on this than a piece of furniture that has to be recut right?

I thought I had taken more pictures during the process, turns out only one, the first cut.  I do have a few of the final resort for you.

Happy New Year!  Thanks for the inspiration!


First Cut


The Sawyer’s Bench complete