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