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  • #3388
    Anonymous
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    My youngest daughter is dyslexic, but she certainly knows how to spell things out when it comes to playing war with her boyfriend 😀

    Just about finished the Sketchup drawing, so should be able to post pic’s and the drawing together tomorrow 🙂

    #3406
    Anonymous
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    I’m hoping the images upload

    #3407
    Anonymous
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    A few progress shots from yesterday morning’s sawhorse build 🙂

    #3414
    Anonymous
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    Well the last lot came through in a different order lol but at least we can see them 🙂

    I’ve yet to sort the pictures showing the completed saw horse/bench, but they simply show the final trim (Legs trimmed to length, plywood braces in place and addition of the crotchet), plus cleanup of surplus glue prior to finishing with two coats of danish oil.

    #3420
    David Gill
    Participant

    Hi Jesper
    Thanks for the link I have just printed out the PDF sheets, I will ring the timber supplier in the morning I will try and get as close to the 1 3/8″ x 2 1/2″ and 1 3/8″ x 5″ as possible to save me having to rip boards to width.
    Only difference I will screw and glue in place of nail and glue.
    I live in the UK and have attended Paul’s Dovetail box , wall unit and Oak coffee table courses in Wales, attending the courses convinced me that hand tools was the way to go
    Regards
    David

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

    #3428
    Anonymous
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    Thanks Gary nice job buddy 🙂

    #3433
    Ron Harper
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    Most traditional sawhorses are taller than a proper saw bench which should come to the middle of your kneecap

    #3435
    Anonymous
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    Much depends on the tradition/school in which you trained, as well as personal preference. 🙂 My saw horses tend to draw level with my knee @ 22″ in height, which also falls in line with a good step-up height if carrying out overhead work on site. Much higher and the saw horse can tend to be impractical for ripping/cross-cutting heavier timbers by hand.

    Trestles on the other hand tend to be taller. 🙂

    #3437
    Anonymous
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    Many thanks Ken This type of saw horse is extremely versatile, capable of withstanding heavy work loads and is far more straight forward to make than the one prescribed by Chris Schwarz. It also amounted to £2.36 for the leg timber, a dollop or three of poly glue, four nails and the top was made using a 36” long piece of scrap 6×2 joisting timber I had laying around, but could just as easily be made using floorboard scraps (The usual source when on sitework) or edge jointed 3×2, as well as new timber.

    Quantities are;
    36” = 6”x2”
    144” (8’) = 3”x1.5”
    1/2” Plywood @ 8” x 20”
    Round or oval nails @ 2” x 4no
    Exterior grade PVA (I used polyurethane glue)

    Most of the work is done once the halving joints are laid out and cut into the top to receive the legs and then it’s a case of offering the legs up to be marked and fitted.

    #3759
    David Gill
    Participant

    Hi Guys

    Using the Link Jesper posted for the Chris  Schwarz saw bench I purchased enough PAR redwood from my local timber merchant  to build two benches, The cost for the two benches was £22.10 a bit more than I think you guys in the US would have to pay.  I have only built the one at present, it was a good project to hone my relatively new hand wood working skills, which by the way was brought about after attending Paul’s training courses in Wales. I have put far to much time and care in to building a saw bench but it is the fun of making it that I find satisfying. I will attempt to add a photo, this is my first post so not even sure that this will work

    David

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

    #3761
    juryaan
    Participant

    Hi David , the sawbench i am building looks almost the same as yours.

    Hope to finish it tomorrow .

    I will try to make some pictures when i am done.

    Lopik - Netherlands

    #3762
    jespiir
    Participant

    Hi David!

    I’m happy you got inspired to build the bench 🙂

    Looks like a very nice build, you will be able to enjoy it for many years to come.

    Only problem is I get an even worse conscious about not completing my own 😉

    Juryaan: Great that you got into this build aswell 🙂 Look forward to pictures!

    Located in Jönköping, Sweden.

    #3763
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Nice job David, I look forward to your pics juryaan.

    #3775
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Very nicely done David 😉

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    I’d only make one recommendation for prospective future builds and that would be to also skew the legs toward the adjacent end of the horse.  This method is illustrated in the pics I posted earlier and  makes for a less “tippy” experience (Too much weight at one end whilst working and the saw horse can tip like a see-saw) and the saw still easily clears the legs during use.  Plus it can safely be used as a hop-up if ever you’re doing overhead work such as architrave, shelving, picture rails, etc.. 🙂

    #3797
    juryaan
    Participant

    Finally ,here are the pictures of my sawbench

     

    Lopik - Netherlands

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