Work Horses

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Project by woodcox posted 10-17-2014 08:42 PM 3712 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished these some time ago. Inspired by Len Cullum’s article from Make magazine on Japanese saw horses. Douglas fir with draw bored oak pins. I originally intended these to serve as a base for a work bench, but things change. While building a slab on them for a top I found that they racked when planing. I altered plans and added more wood for mass. I must say I am in love with these things despite being a mistake for a bench base. I use them all the time and they are currently the base of an assembly table.

Also instrumental in completing a proper bench.

Thanks for looking!

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

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#1 posted 10-17-2014 08:57 PM

I guess “lightweights” won’t be using these.
Very unique….................

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 10-17-2014 10:12 PM

“heavy “duty.
Theyy look very good

-- Bert

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#3 posted 10-18-2014 12:14 AM

Yours are SO much nicer than Len’s!

What size timbers did you use?

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#4 posted 10-18-2014 12:33 AM

Thank you guys!
Jim, feet are from a 4×6, the rest are just 4x & 2x.
I finished them with shellac and some left over Cabot’s deck sealant.
Here is a link to Len’s project. Some interesting stuff there, I can seriously spend some time on that site:)

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

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#5 posted 10-18-2014 02:41 AM

Nice rework into a beautyful and sturdy pair .
I like the style very attractive !

-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 10-18-2014 03:42 AM

Nice looking and hard working. That’s A OK in my book. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#7 posted 10-18-2014 11:24 AM

Looks good. Very Solid. I need a set of these!

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#9 posted 10-18-2014 02:32 PM

Are they KD?

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#10 posted 10-18-2014 03:19 PM

Are they KD?

- Bogeyguy

I believe most construction lumber is.

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

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#11 posted 10-18-2014 04:05 PM

Perfect benches!

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#12 posted 10-18-2014 04:50 PM

They look great! I’ve seen the ones on Make before and also the one by Jay Van Arsdale in an old magazine:

But I’ve often wondered how stable it wouldbe for planing, especially cross and diagonal directions…

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#13 posted 10-19-2014 03:29 PM

Alone I think they would rack if used as bench legs. But I think they would work for a workbench base if you had stretchers joining the bottoms of the legs (horses) and the bench top fastened to the the top of the legs. Just saying…..

Other than that, looks like great construction and joints. I love draw bore joints.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#14 posted 10-19-2014 03:49 PM

Nice,very sturdy looking work horses .

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#15 posted 10-19-2014 07:15 PM

They look the will hold up a horse

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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