Now that we have completed the spoon making we can look at saw horses and the traditions of a pair I have made since I was about 16 years old. The joints connecting the legs to the cross beam seems a complexity because the seating is of course compound, but the process is simple if…

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Making Traditional Saw Horses I suppose we take it for granted that plastic saw trestles now as saw horses are cheap enough to buy and replace so it’s not worth making them. In the USA you can buy two 2 x 4’s for about $6 and make a saw horse of substance that will last…

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  On Then With the Thoroughbred Saw Horses Saw horses of this type depend on four-point contact with compound cuts to the foot and to the shoulders of the legs. It’s this that puts people off making the saw horse of  this type.  Placing the leg into the recess and elevating it onto a 9”…

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My third and final blog in the series on building a traditional sawhorses My saw horses stack. The gussets can restrict this and though I have a 11” wide gussets to increase strength, this width can be substantially reduced even to as little as 6”. This is up to you but the saw horses will…

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  • Emily Keene on Autism Support in WoodworkingThis is a truly wonderful thing you are doing (in addition to the other wonderful things you have done). Many women with autism learn to "mask" it, and I was diagnosed relatively l…
  • Bill on Diminishing Craft ValueI sometimes think that complaining about what we have lost through haste and a search for efficiency and productivity is wasted breath. We need to proceed from where we are now. I…
  • Kevin Nairn on Diminishing Craft ValueI know a little bit about this as I have been a design & technology technician in a large secondary school in north London for 28 years. Rather than move towards teaching more…
  • Lockwood Ian on Diminishing Craft ValueHi Paul, a really interesting observation. I think however in this world of Technology and high speed living people are craving using their hands. Gardening, Cooking, Woodworking a…
  • Paul Sellers on Following the DreamIt wouldn't take much to get me over to Ireland. It's one of my favourite countries to be in. I gave a motivational talk at the Waterford Institute of Technology about 14 years ago…
  • Paul Sellers on Autism Support in WoodworkingYou might try ear defenders for him, to see if that helps. That's as much to see if it's the sharp noise alone or the combination of the swift movement and the repeated bang noise…
  • Paul Sellers on Autism Support in WoodworkingActually. what's truly interesting too is that without sound I find don't plane edges square straight off and have to regularly check for squareness with a square rather than do it…