Trestles: Episode 1

Trestles Episode 1

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These handy trestles have a myriad of uses. They are made from construction materials, so Paul starts by planing the surfaces to remove surface irregularity. Then the gussets are cut to size and drilled ready for fitting.

If you’re looking for a crosscut saw, See our video where Paul compares a few options for handsaws that are available here.

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  1. Thorsten Claus on 18 June 2018 at 5:27 pm

    For the stock preparation, you didn’t mention twist — I was surprised not to see your favorite winding sticks. A lot of the wood I find in hardware stores has some bad twists. Do you think that matters?

    • Tony Yeates on 19 June 2018 at 3:28 pm

      Paul already showed how to make some very nice winding sticks in one of his youtube videos.

      I picked up a very nice, old pair of winding sticks at a carboot sale recently (can’t recall if they were 50p or free – the seller was impressed that I knew what they were for – thanks Paul 😉 – and keen that I should have them!). They appear to me to be made of rose-wood; one is inlaid with a strip of pale wood and the other with a strip of very dark wood (ebony). I would guess that the original owner (whose name is stamped in them) made them as an apprentice exercise and then used them throughout his career (and perhaps passed them on thereafter?).

    • harry wheeler on 19 June 2018 at 5:11 pm

      That happens to me also. That stuff laying there loose has already been gone through so many times so you’re actually about to do is buy somebody else’s culls unless you get into a fresh pallet. I wouldn’t think a little twist is going to matter except from an aesthetic standpoint. Even twisted, they’re still going to be trestles. Just eyeball a few fairly straight ones. I really think Paul just didn’t want to lay down on the floor to use his winding sticks 🙂

    • Philip Adams on 20 June 2018 at 9:20 am

      You do want to avoid overly twisted stock if possible. Paul sighted it to make sure he had straight stock, but nothing further than that is needed.

  2. Michael Barnes on 18 June 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Was this series not posted before? Perhaps it was on YouTube or something but I’m positive I’ve seen this before

  3. Stumper on 18 June 2018 at 6:26 pm

    I would have thought all the people who subscribe to Masterclass would have a workbench?

    • James Savage on 18 June 2018 at 9:05 pm

      I don’t ☺

    • SharpPencil on 19 June 2018 at 5:29 pm

      Sorry to disagree, I sold a Stanley number 4 (via eBay) to a young man working off his mothers kitchen table on the 6th floor of a block of flats in Tel-aviv AND HE WAS ON MASTERCLASS

      • ballinger on 20 June 2018 at 8:20 am

        I was a subscriber way before I had a bench, or even space to have one…

  4. Alexander Dergachev on 18 June 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Hi! Wanted to double check if this is a mistake on your side or I miss something: in the cutting list there’s a gusset part and a drawing how to cut it to eight pieces, but if I count the number of triangular pieces on the trestle there’re twelve of them. Obviously from the given information I can derive how much more plywood I need for four additional triangles, just wanted to double check if you’re aware of the inconsistency 🙂

    Thanks for the project I was waiting for this one for some time, now it’s time to build a couple of them!

    • Philip Adams on 20 June 2018 at 1:47 pm

      You are correct, it does require 12. We will get the drawing and cutting list changed asap.
      Many thanks, Phil

  5. Belal Elgendy on 18 June 2018 at 7:23 pm

    super easy. i like it 🙂

  6. Wayne Niemi on 18 June 2018 at 8:09 pm

    wow! the Spear and Jackson saw in the video has gotten expensive. any suggested alternatives?

    • ehisey on 23 June 2018 at 10:26 pm

      This has become know as the “Paul Sellers effect”. While Paul does not do product reviews and promo’s for product or vendor, when he does recommend something he likes it tends to get really expensive fast.

  7. Farred on 20 June 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Other than appearance, is there a difference between this and a saw horse?

    • Simon Wellicome on 20 June 2018 at 2:18 pm

      The main difference, for me, between something I made to be a saw horse & something I made to be a trestle would be the height of the finished piece: a saw horse I’d make to the height of the bottom of my knee cap, so I could hold the workpiece with my knee & still get a full saw stroke in when cutting the workpiece; a trestle I would make to the height of my wrist, so I could plane, clamp, saw, glue, etc. comfortably when stood up.

    • harry wheeler on 20 June 2018 at 2:35 pm

      It’s really stability. A four legged saw horse is inherently stable and won’t wobble around so much when you’re cutting. A pair of them are perfect for cross cutting longer stock. Trestles are more for supporting things around the shop. You can throw a piece of plywood on them for a temporary assembly table and things like that. There’s a third item that I don’t think I’ve seen Paul do yet which is called a saw bench and those are normally used for ripping, but You can make rip cuts on a saw horse too.

  8. Larry Baker on 26 June 2018 at 5:11 pm

    My first time watching a Paul Sellers’ video. I really enjoyed it! Thank you Paul!

  9. Raymond Edward on 29 June 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Looking forward to making them,look easier than than the saw horses.

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