"Krenov" Style Sawhorses from Scrap Wood

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Project by JoshLawson posted 05-12-2012 09:59 PM 22158 views 28 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a couple of sawhorses I built out of some hickory that I had left over from a previous project. I don’t really like working with Hickory much, and since I don’t have much space to store wood, I had to find a use for it.

They’re built with all wedged mortise and tenon joints, using walnut wedges. I kinda of knew it going into it, but walnut is such a soft wood, it broke really easy when pounding the wedges in. I also used 5/16” brass threaded inserts to secure the replaceable top support.

All in all, for mostly having 4/4 stock, I was pleased with how they turned out. They’re rock solid.

-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa

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#1 posted 05-12-2012 10:16 PM

Very practical

You cant have enough stools

Nice to see good quality for the shop


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#2 posted 05-13-2012 12:38 AM

I’ve seen a lot of sawhorses in my life, but none as well made as yours, Josh. Can you imagine a hundred or more years from now, on Antique Road Show, the owner showing these sawhorses is saying, “My great, great, great grandfather made them and it’s been passed down through our family”! Well made, Josh!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#3 posted 05-13-2012 05:32 AM

Ain’t never seen no trestle horse afore. Looks like they orta hold most anythang.
Great job! I sure would have traded you a BUNCH of SYP for that little dab of hickory, though.

All jokiing aside, though, I think LittlePaw nailed it when he said that they would probably last for generations and would sell for a bundle at an antique roadshow.
Show us some more soon!
Have a good’un

-- rejo55, East Texas

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#4 posted 05-13-2012 03:50 PM

Best sawhorses I’ve ever seen.
Too beautiful to use.
Great job, Josh

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#5 posted 05-13-2012 03:56 PM

Impressive wedge tenons, great looking project

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 05-13-2012 07:49 PM

Gosh, I’d had to put those sawhorses through the stuff mine go through. They are far to beautiful for the paint splatters, over cuts, and holes that mine end up getting. Why don’t you put a nice piece on top, put it in your house and call it a table? I know I would feel better if you did!

I’m just kidding, those are really fantastic. Your craftsmanship shows through.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#7 posted 05-13-2012 08:43 PM

I agree with Dwain,they look way to good for saw horses.put a top on them and make it a heck of a sturdy table.Then what LittlePaw said about passing it down threw the family for years to come.that would be something to be proud of. Regardless ,some beautiful work.

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#8 posted 05-16-2012 03:28 PM

Good looking horses.

-- - Martin

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#9 posted 04-19-2013 02:30 AM

Josh I echo the other guys on here, beautiful sawhorses, too nice to use. I found your comment interesting about walnut being too soft. I built a secretary for my wife from alder thinking I would save some money since I did not have to buy cherry. Alder supposedly mimics cherry. Well I will never build another piece of furniture from alder, it is way too soft. I found that I had to remove all the hardware and mortise out the alder so I could insert hard maple for screws and other fasteners. It is not a suitable wood for building furniture that will stand the test of time; just too darn soft.

-- I read it but I wasn't listening!!

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