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HHWW: Project #001 - Heavy Duty Sawhorses

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Project by Ted Ewen posted 09-17-2015 08:27 AM 1261 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, the first pieces of the Sliding Puzzle of Life are in their proper place and I’ve actually managed to make stuff. A couple of weeks ago I put together 4 of these Heavy Duty Sawhorses I found in a book. While waiting for the tools to arrive, I thought I would hand cut and assemble one, but the mitres defeated me and the hand cut horse is a full 6cm shorter than the others.

As a familiarization exercise for the new tools it was a good one, and combined with the sheet goods I have no place else to store at the moment, they make a mediocre work surface.

I have no illusions as to the quality of the build or their merit as a project, but for my first “I built this” I am pleased enough.

Sawhorse design from Homeskills Carpentry – An Introduction to Sawing, Drilling, Shaping, & Joining Wood
http://gen.lib.rus.ec/book/index.php?md5=29c75152c0494a21c1b1a0bca9c16457

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.





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Paul Bucalo

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#1 posted 09-17-2015 11:42 AM

Those are sturdy looking devils, Ted. They should give you many years of service. Not bad at all, my friend.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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MinnesotaMarty

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#2 posted 09-17-2015 12:23 PM

Ted,
Building sawhorses is the BEST first project, IMO. It is great satisfaction to complete and you will be the only one most of the time to see them plus, they allow you to move on to other projects. Over 50 years ago my father, a master carpenter, helped me build my first set with hand tools. That set unfortunately is long gone. I routinely still build sawhorses out of scrap and it seems everyone wants to “borrow” them. As a matter of fact I am going to build another pair this weekend because I have a pair that is showing its age.

I also like your quote at the bottom of your post.

Marty

-- I can see the cheese heads from here and it is great.

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Ted Ewen

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#3 posted 09-17-2015 12:56 PM

Not a bad first step, as first steps go, Paul. I’m unduly pleased :D

The are pretty special first projects, Marty. Immediately useful, straightforward, and satisfying. Glad you like the quote. :D

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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wmgworks

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#4 posted 09-17-2015 03:30 PM

Ted,

I’m right in line behind you. I am just getting my shop set up and, and getting reacquainted with woodworking, and the first project on the list is saw horses. What I’ve come to realize in putting my shop together is it’s not about the end product but the lessons you learned and the journey you went on to get there.

-- Butchering wood since 2015

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Ted Ewen

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#5 posted 09-17-2015 04:05 PM

In that case I have a rich life ahead :D
Do keep us posted as you progress on your shop.

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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wmgworks

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#6 posted 09-17-2015 06:41 PM

Indeed. It took me 3 weekends to get one stinkin florescent light to work (it was used, had to mod it, had to run power, etc, etc and I knew nothing about electricity) but I every time I walk by the garage, I have to walk in just to flip the light on and I get a big smile on my face.

-- Butchering wood since 2015

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Ted Ewen

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#7 posted 09-19-2015 08:47 AM

But those are the best kind (to look back on). I imagine I will be feeling a little smug every time I look at the hutches for years to come. Really looking forward to how things look and feel with more practice.

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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