Classic trestles for my brothers surfboards (saw horses) post

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Classic trestles
for my brothers surfboards

My dear brothers work trestles that he use for his for cleaning and preparing his kite surfboards, were worn out and he asked me at a dinner party, if I could make him some new, four to be precise, he had two before, but his son also started kite surfing.
He loved the old trestles, so he sad ‘I want them exactly like those’, but one of his friends at the table, offered him to deliver hardwood at a really fine price, he suggested Mahogany, so my brother said ok for that.

So this trestle story starts at a dinner table and then takes a few turns down the road, think this must be a trail and error story and that exactly, is a word that need to be bended at times. ;-D

1. Trestle as it ended up.
2. The original.
3. Cutting up parts.
4. Cutting the lap with my tenon jig.
5. Cutting for the stretcher.
6. Nice legs…

This post is from the blog Classic trestles for my brothers surfboards where you can get the full story:

Hope it can be to some inspiration, a lesson or at least a smile.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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Don W

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#1 posted 05-12-2018 03:53 PM

Very nice Mads. I had to look up “trestles”. I call them saw horses. Sam thing i guess. Although I’ve never made a pair out of mahogany. That must have been glorious!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 05-12-2018 04:11 PM

It is amazing
you take a mundane sawhorse
And it becomes art

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#3 posted 05-12-2018 04:25 PM

Beautiful work!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#4 posted 05-12-2018 04:35 PM

OH, Saw Horses! LOL

Look GOOD!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#5 posted 05-12-2018 04:53 PM
Perhaps it should have been a Mule, but I think the confusion would be the same.
Smiles, I can see there are some name confusion, I did not choose saw horses, since these are for supporting his surfboards.
I have added saw horses to the title now, so it should be clear and easy to find.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#6 posted 05-12-2018 05:49 PM

Nice trestles/ saw horses/saw mules, Mads! That is some fine wood you used on them too! They should last a lifetime!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 05-12-2018 06:28 PM

Mads, you did a very nice job on these sawhorses and I am sure that your brother was well pleased. nice work!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 05-12-2018 07:11 PM

Good to see you back in Værkstedet Mads. Nice stuff. Just like clamps you can never have a to many Sawhorses-treliises.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#9 posted 05-12-2018 07:23 PM

Well done!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 05-12-2018 11:22 PM

Very nice, Mads! The story of your lessons gave me a smile, and the trestles are works of art.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 05-13-2018 02:03 AM

Great looking surfboard ponies ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 05-14-2018 06:21 PM

Hi guys,
Swirt, ha ha ha, you nailed it.
Dave, if you smiled it was worth it.
Topa, thanks.
Madts, yes the workshop has been a wee on hold, so much happened and I also used it for non wood projects for a while. Kært barn har mange navne. ;-)
helluvawreck, thank you so, my brother is really happy, so I am really happy also.
Jim, I’m sure they will serve him for many years from now, yes it was quite fancy wood for ponysawhorses. ;-)
Joe, ;-D
Jerry, big smile thanks.
balidoug, now my face turned red thanks. Artmules… So kind.
Don W, it must be luxury mules… My brother kite surfes a lot, so I acually think it was worth it, since he will enjoy them a lot also.
Thank you for those kind words.
Best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#13 posted 08-06-2018 01:36 AM

If you were going to use mahogonay shouldn’t there have been through mortises and wedged tenons? Just sayin….(and smiling)

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#14 posted 08-06-2018 10:02 PM

Hi Jensenms,
Why do you think that?
Because an expensive wood need different joints, or due to the properties of the wood?
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#15 posted 08-11-2018 02:18 PM

Just joking – making sawhorses out of mahogany sounds suspiciously like making fine furniture – so if you are going to do it, why not overdo it? And while you are at it, finish with ten coats of polished laquer and some conservators wax?

You make beautiful projects – I enjoy the way you document them. Keep it up please.

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