Project 5 - Bents/Sawhorses

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Project by Richard B posted 11-16-2011 01:18 AM 2967 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first project I did after my workbench. They are a pair of shopmade sawhorses or ‘bents’. I have Tom Figden’s book & have really enjoyed it. These are based closely off of his design.

The wood came from a scrap poplar board I had lying about, and from some cherry scrap boards I found in a clearance pile at the local hardwood dealer. They were finished in BLO.

Joinery is mortise and tenon for the feet and the lower stretcher. The top stretchers are in a kind of saddle, protrude slightly above the top of the legs & are also doweled into place. The mortises were also pinned/doweled.

The bottom of the feet are coved in the middle; I used a spokeshave plane to do this, and it added a tremendous amount of stability.

These things are small and so much lighter than my old sawhorses, but MUCH stronger and more stable. Go figure what better craftmanship will get you….

-- Richard B, Birmingham Alabama

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#1 posted 11-16-2011 01:33 AM

I made smaller one as an outfeed from my sawbench, but I want to make full size ones too. The cove on the feet for stability seems like a solid idea.

Good work!

-- If a tree falls in the neighbor's woods, and no one is there to hear it...can you take it home, mill it and turn it into a coffee table without your neighbor making a sound?

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#2 posted 11-16-2011 04:08 PM

Very nice bents! I’ve wanted to build a pair ever since I read tom’s book as well. Maybe after I finish my workbench I’ll get to them.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#3 posted 11-16-2011 04:51 PM

Nice work. I just finished a pair of these myself. I based mine on a Krenov design I saw in FWW. They’ve already been extremely useful and I’ve been kicking myself for not building them sooner.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#4 posted 11-17-2011 05:05 AM

Great job Richard- I can’t imagine my shop without them. I still use them daily and they’re always stacked!! sometimes I think they’ll break under the weight of some of my projects ( an exterior oak door ) I’ve stored on them but after three years they’re still rock solid.
thanks for posting!

-- tom fidgen,

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#5 posted 12-02-2011 06:50 AM

they look great! I made some from Krenov’s plans in FWW and love them. I use them all the time. now I am building my bench.

-- Happiness is being covered in sawdust

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