- 24 October 2016 at 9:31 am #141853tenjinParticipant
I’ve cut the recesses in th etop beam of my first saw horse. I struggled to get the first leg in the first recess so kept slicing away at the sidewall until… it was too wide.
I now have a gap of about 1mm, so the leg has some sideways movement. I learned from that and the other legs are pretty good.
So, is the movement in the first leg a show-stopper, or will it be okay once glued and screwed? Can anything be done to tighten up the joint?
I have some spare wood, so could cut another top, but don’t want to waste the wood if there is another option.
Darren.24 October 2016 at 11:19 am #141858BrianJParticipant
Hello, one of mine came out a bit wide but only by 32nd which is awful close to 1mm, once the plate support gusset goes on it helps too.
If you felt it needed i suppose a small shim could be inserted to save it.
Ontario, Canada28 September 2017 at 7:54 pm #325130Eyal TalParticipant
you can add a shim to close the gap11 October 2017 at 6:37 pm #332623AlanParticipant
I wouldn’t rely on screws-and-glue to stop the slight movement for ever. I think it’d develop ‘play’ over time. Sawhorses tend to take a fair weight, sometimes used as a makeshift working platform to stand on.
I’d make the gap larger and insert a substantial dovetailed shim to the top-beam-recess.
Or cut the beam again from new. Legs 2,3,4 went OK, so you’ve mastered the technique, and you’ll be happier with it.14 October 2017 at 12:03 pm #334234tenjinParticipant
Thanks everyone. I ended up glueing a piece to the leg and planing down to the thickness of the recess. It’s not noticeable, and is now rock solid.
The two saw horses have been used a lot, and are working well.
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