The other day I received a very pleasant surprise in my inbox. An email from Matt in California:
Hi Bill. Just wanted to send a thank you for doing some of the videos and teaching that you do. Your saw bench design made sense to me, so I made my own and thought I'd send you a picture or two. I used wood that I saved from going to a landfill - an old bed frame. This is the first project I've done with only hand tools. Also the first dovetails that I've ever included in a project. I took my time with them and they are not perfect by any means, but they are not that bad, either. I learned a lot and the bench is solid as a rock.
I have to give a big thank you to Matt. I really enjoy getting emails like this. This is exactly why I do what I do. I like sharing information and sharing my time in the shop with others. Because woodworking is usually something done alone, the online community is a great way to share with each other.
Here are a couple photos of Matt's bench that he built. Looks great and I am sure it works great too.
And this is the best part. Matt took my very simple and feeble attempt at SketchUp and turned it into a true SketchUp model of the Split-Top Sawbench. And you can download it HERE.
Again, thanks Matt for sharing and for the awesome SketchUp.