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Class: Build a Pair of Heavy-Duty Sliding Dovetail Saw Benches with Joshua Farnsworth (1 Day)



CLASS DESCRIPTION: Spend a day with Joshua Farnsworth, building a pair of saw benches that are functional enough for everyday hand sawing, but strong enough to hold very heavy timber, including large slabs for workbench building. Many of the workbenches in the school were built on these indispensable saw benches! Students will learn to layout and cut the mystical sliding dovetail joint on beefy splayed timber legs with marking gauges, hand saws, and chisels.

WAIT LIST: If the class becomes sold out, click here to get added to the wait list. People may cancel, we may add more slots, or we may decide to add another class date.

PAYMENT: If you would like to pay for a class using a different method than online with a credit card, email us here to arrange to pay by check, cash, or with a credit card over the phone.


During this one day class Joshua Farnsworth will guide you through building a pair of very strong timber saw benches. Saw benches are indispensable in a traditional workshop, and these are the only pair you’ll ever need! The trick to the strength of these saw benches isn’t just the heavy lumber, but the self-tightening sliding dovetail joint and splayed legs. By the end of class, this tricky joint should become second nature to students. These saw benches are really useful for sturdily holding a workbench slab while building a workbench (as pictured below). They keep the workbench from shaking while hand planing the workbench tops.

Heavy duty saw benches horses holding upside down roubo workbench


About the Instructor:

Joshua Farnsworth woodworking instructor at the woodandshop traditional woodworking school









Joshua Farnsworth is the founder of the Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School, and the creator of WoodAndShop.com. He loves building period furniture, collecting & rehabbing antique hand tools, and teaching traditional woodworking. He built most of the workbenches in the school. But most of all Joshua loves spending time with his family on their little Virginia farm.


Materials Fee:

The class material fee is $75. It is payable to the instructor before or on the day of the class.


How to Get Here & Where to Stay:

The address of the school is 5700 Buffalo River Rd. Earlysville, Virginia 22936 (Google Maps here). The school is convenient to quite a few hotels, stores, and restaurants, and is only 8 minutes from the Charlottesville airport. Many more details are listed on the school’s main page here.


Class Policies, Liability Waiver, & Cancellations:

A PDF document with the full class policies and a liability waiver will be sent in the order confirmation email. All students are required to sign and return this document prior to attending the class. Anyone can cancel a class up to 2 weeks prior to the class for a full refund (minus a $25 fee that covers credit card processing fees and administrative work). Cancellations under two weeks before a class begins will be given a refund (less $25) if we can find someone else to fill the slot. If we have to cancel a class for an unforeseen emergency, inclement weather, or low number of registrations, a full refund will be given to students.

Additional information

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Sat Jun 23, 2018


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