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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  • Neil Greene on Hannah, Sketches, Life, WorkCongratulations Hanna! Beautiful table. Great work! Can’t wait to see more of your work displayed.
  • Ermir on Toolbox Build UpdateThat haunched tenon and the groove look like they have grown into each other! Accurate and elegant, it is so inspiring!
  • Paul Sellers on Toolbox Build UpdateMost old furniture is waxed with beeswax or coated in shellac, a natural finish with zero toxicity. Shellac, excreted by the lac bug, is what is used on children's candy to give it…
  • Peter Marshall on Toolbox Build UpdateWhen recycling wood this way from old furniture how do you safely remove the finish ? Is it OK to use a hand plane to strip off the old finish ? Any safety / health issues to consi…
  • nemo on Toolbox Build Update"The cost at the charity shop was so minimal I had no choice but to buy." That's the problem I often have with charity shops too. Especially when it comes to tools I already have m…
  • Jurandyr on Toolbox Build UpdateSorry, correcting: "I have worked in just about every western wood there is..." South American woods too?
  • Jurandyr on Toolbox Build Update"Trabalhei em quase todas as madeiras ocidentais que existem..." South American woods too?