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I built these sawhorses for a Japanese woodworking class, the design is from an article by Jay Van-Arsdale, the point was to hand cut all the joinery using Japanese woodworking techniques. the feet are attached with through pinned mortise and tenon joints. most of the wood is "reclaimed" construction lumber so it was splintery, cracked, and nasty but they eventually came together.


The top rails are attached with blind mortise and tenon joints and can be replaced easily if necessary. The bottom stretchers are attached with a Shitaji-Kama joint which is essentially a wedged-through-half dovetail


if that didn't 100% make sense here is a picture of a smaller version with all the components taken apart


Right now my plan is to take the glue lam beams underneath them in the above pictures, and put them on top of the sawhorses so I can use it as a workbench. It took me a while to finish them (cutting those big * mortises by hand was a pain) but I think they will be useful.

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Those look like they would be sturdy, may have to borrow this design, for a future project. Well done.
 

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Great Love the joinery
When Can we see the plans?
 

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Great Love the joinery
When Can we see the plans?

- abie
I think Jay published an article on them in a woodworking magazine a long time ago. I know you can find the article and diagrams on line if you google "Jay Van Arsdale Japanese sawhorses". I am not sure where to find an official copy since i think the magazine may be out of print.
 

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Those look great. My benchtop is a big piece of glue lam beam & it has worked well- nice and hefty.
 

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Nice job. Very sturdy for sure.
 

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Very handy. Nice work on the joinery.
 

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Very nice saw horses done in the Japanese flavor!!

cheers, Jim
 
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