Japanese Sawhorses Wedged

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Project by Waterlog posted 10-07-2014 01:59 AM 7567 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is all about joinery. Found the plans online and had some real fun with this project. I use these horses every single day. White ash beam from my yard tree, cherry legs, hickory stretcher, cocobolo wedges, Douglas fir feet. Wedged mortise is way tighter than I thought it would be. One of the most useful tools in the shop. Oh, yes, finished with walnut oil. You can see how beautiful the wood is before & after oil. I use it as a sit down bench among other uses.

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#1 posted 10-07-2014 02:15 AM

Very nice work, love me some joinery!

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#2 posted 10-07-2014 02:28 AM

Very nice!!!

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#3 posted 10-07-2014 02:59 AM

Nice work, they came out great!
I have made some similar in all Dfir. I added more stretchers and upped the stock size to add more mass to them for weight. They are useful fixtures for me as well.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#4 posted 10-07-2014 03:53 PM

These look great. They’ve been on my to-make list for a long time. How tall are they?

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#5 posted 10-08-2014 03:30 AM

They are 26.5” tall. The plans can be on the internet in a couple places. I followed the plan by Jay Van Arsdale, I think from Fine Woodworking. Thanks to all for the comments.

-- LWB Waterlog

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#6 posted 10-09-2014 11:56 AM

Hey Waterlog. I took a course on Japanese joinery at Jay’s house in CA a year ago. He is a really great guy and very into the all Japanese work. You did a fine job and certainly something you can be proud of.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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#7 posted 12-09-2014 09:55 PM

I was just looking for a new sawhorse design. I made the scrap 2×3’s thrown together model just to get by. I have a feeling my weekend just got a little busier after seeing these. May have to go a little taller though. Being 6’5” tends to make your workbenches and other items taller.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#8 posted 12-09-2014 10:01 PM

Cool design and a good build.

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