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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  • KeithW on Prepping Wood IIII did a similar thing with the legs adding a central lamination made from 2 offcuts. Made heavier legs and moved the strong support inwards. I know that it is probably overkill, bu…
  • Sylvain on Prepping Wood IIIFor some applications, it is not necessary to keep the board in one piece. Then one can flatten each piece, loosing less wood. That is what I did for my workbench top. Some layers…
  • Catherine Robertson on I Rely on Two or Three Plain PlanesOK. I admit it, I'm a tool junkie/addict. Despite having virtually every plane, chisel and saw Lie-Nielsen has ever made I must agree with Pauls concept. I vary it slightly by basi…
  • Paul Sellers on Prepping Wood IIIWaste or necessary. Centuries of development and progress have resulted mostly in the development of plastic substitutes, MDF, pressed fibreboards, OSB but almost zero developments…
  • Andrew on Prepping Wood IIIRemoving wood to straighten and flatten it seems wasteful. I can't help wondering whether applying and maintaining torsion and bending moments, then steaming it, might achieve the…
  • Paul Sellers on Prepping Wood IIII think our group are always so helpful in steering us and there are many nuances to the English language and the English people that need a lot of explaining sometimes. Even the E…
  • sylvain on Prepping Wood IIIJe remercie les commentateurs ci-dessus pour leur leçon sur les subtilités de la langue anglaise. Sans doute aurais-je du écrire : "what is your opinion about..."