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  Back to Back Sawtills by Bob Sturgeon    1 of 2  

   In every Galoots life we go through a stage of collecting many different types of tools, maybe you start out with planes, then you get interested in hammers, squares, hand drills, braces or who knows what. 

First thing you know the old workshop seems to have accumulated large piles of tools.  Some on top of the main work bench, some on top of the big red tool chests you wish you could get open again, even that neat little bench you made to assemble projects on, and last but not least the shop floor. 

There has to be an answer to all this clutter.  You look at all the studs around your shop walls and it dawns on you, all I have to do is cover the walls in plywood, hang all the tools on nails.  The planes?, that's simple, just build some shelves for them to sit on.  Everything is on go now, problems are solved.

Then several weekends in a row, you hit all your favorite flea markets and antique shops.  And there it is, that beautiful old hand saw with the fancy etching with the tag on it saying "Your Wife Wants You To Have This". 

So you say to yourself, ah just one couldn't hurt, but the first thing you know you now have twenty eight.  I'll hang'em up on the wall with everything else you say, but wait a minute, these things will take up a lot of room.  There has to be a better way.


Now enters the Sawtill


The Sawtill I built for myself is probably not original to me, My Daddy use to make them like this and I would imagine a lot of folks made them like this or a quite similar pattern.

The one thing I like about this one is its versatility.  It can be build as a single unit, or you can build two side by side to make a double and screw to the wall, or you can mount them back to back the way I did.  I built wooden shelf brackets, attached them to the wall studs.  Then put two 2x10x8' pine boards side by side for a shelf. 



Built eight sawtills, mounted them back to back to make four sets, and then set them on the shelf, one on each end and two in the middle.  Each till holds 34 saws, 17 on a side. 

I built mine out of pine boards to keep the cost down, but you could use plywood, oak, cherry or whatever suits you.

One single sawtill can be constructed from one 1x12x10' Pine Board, plus one piece of 2x4x22".  If you want a side be side double, just double the length of the bottom, the front, the top and bottom rails, and leave out the two middle end caps.

Material List for Single Till:

1-1x12x10'             Knotty Pine
1-2x4x22"              Pine of Fir
16-                       2" Drywall Screws
16-                       1 1/4" Drywall Screws
12-                       1 5/8" Drywall Screws
(Optional for back to back arrangement 6-6x32 Bolts w/nuts and washers.)

Cut List for Single Till:

2   Backs                   1x11x32"
1   Bottom                 1x5-3/4x22"
1   Front                    1x5-1/4x22"
1   Top Rail                1x3x22"
1   Bottom Rail           1x3x22"
2   End Caps               (See Diagram)
1   Saw Blade Slot       2x4x22"

Begin by crosscutting the 1x12x10' board.  Cut two pieces 32" inches long.  Cut two pieces 22" long.  Save the scrap that is left over to make the end caps.  After all pieces have been cut to length, rip both 32" inch pieces to 11" inches wide. 

Take one of the 22" inch pieces and rip 5-1/4"inches wide and 5-3/4 inches wide.  What is left of the second 22" inch piece is scrap.  Draw pattern of end caps on the saved end of board and cut out with grain running length wise.

Begin assembly by laying the two 32" inch Backs side by side on a flat surface, with the 22" inch width towards you and clamp with bar clamps top and bottom. 

Take the 3" inch Bottom Rail and lay flat across the two Backs 3/4" up off the bottom, drill/counter sink and attach with 6---1-1/4" Drywall Screws. 

Take the 3" inch Top Rail and lay flat across the two Backs 6" inches down from the top, drill/counter sink and attach with 10---1-1/4" Drywall Screws.  (Drill and counter sink all screw holes to avoid splitting.)

Leave bar clamps in place and turn assembly upside down and clamp the Bottom to the Back and drill/counter sink and attach with 6---2" inch Drywall Screws through the Back boards into the Bottom.  Once the Bottom is on, remove bar clamps.

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