Same idea, but smaller

With the chest of drawers from “The Joiner and Cabinet Maker” on the horizon, I’m trying to get down to the bottom of my stock pile where I have been patiently saving 30-40 board feet of beautiful cherry. That cherry has been buried beneath a load of white pine, yellow pine and a few random pieces of tiger maple for nearly a year now and I’ve been working through most of that stock with the last few projects but there were still a few random 2″ x 6″ pieces that I needed to clear out. I thought I might build another set of sawbenches, but a better solution presented itself.

Ever since finishing my workbench my daughters have been asking when I’m going to build one for them. The answer to that question, was yesterday.



I followed the plans for the knockdown English bench with a few alterations to make the vise fit, but all in all it is very much like my bench with all of the dimensions cut in half – 11″ deep x 36″ long x 19″ tall (as dictated by their height).

Speaking of the vise, I re-purposed the vise from my old worktable as a face vise for the little Nick. My oldest daughter loves this vise for some reason, and so she was over the moon. Before I could even fit a proper chop to it she had it cranked down on a piece of scrap pine and she asked for her saw.


All in all, not a bad way to spend a Saturday.



4 Comments Add yours

  1. Love it.

    I’m not sure if I ever posted it, but I have a nearly identical picture of both my girls using the saw horse as a place to have tea. In fact, that’s what we did yesterday.

    This is going on my short list of things to make for the girls in the shop. The uses are endless both for them and for us grown ups: another sawbench, step stool, sitting bench, etc.

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    1. Yep, after I double up the top and add some hodfast holes this is also going to be a handy sawbenche for


  2. ….me to borrow from time to time. 😊

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  3. Brian Clites says:

    I’d say that’s an *exceptional* way to use a Saturday, Jim! Great work. (But alas, our English-French rivalry continues — my sons share a mini Roubo I built two years ago. Oh you crazy islander, I’ll get you to build one from the continent sooner or later 😉


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