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In the Fall of 2008 I traveled to Cranbrook, British Columbia to take The College of The Rockies 13 week Timberframing Program. One of our first projects was to make a saw horse. The only requirements were that it was 4 feet wide and it stood 2 feet tall. We had to make pencil drawing of it and get it approved. We spent almost the first month working on the many aspects that would go into making it. Type of wood, sawing the rough lumber, planing the lumber, layout of the pieces, Anatomy of a brace, cutting the pieces and finally assembly.

Some joints came out better than others, but all in all it was an interesting learning project to do.

-- I don't know what God is. But I know what He ISN'T - Jordan Maxwell





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DrDirt

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#1 posted 1841 days ago

That’s really cool – I’d put those teflon furniture slider pads on its feet so you could push it around the shop easily, as it looks like a real beast to carry.
There is obvioulsy little to worry about in terms of what could possibly be to big a load.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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Don K.

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#2 posted 1841 days ago

Nice job…looks like it would hold up a house.

-- Don S.E. OK

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Derek Lyons

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#3 posted 1841 days ago

Man, what are you sawing on that thing… sections of battleship armor? :) :)

That’s one good looking, and stone cold serious, sawhorse.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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BarryW

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#4 posted 1841 days ago

A house? battleship armor? I think it’s the start of a rocking horse for a baby Hulk…wow, a great course and a serious piece of woodwork.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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SCOTSMAN

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#5 posted 1841 days ago

Two of them with a top on and a few vises and you’ve got a fabulous work bench great I love it really well made Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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daltxguy

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#6 posted 1841 days ago

I can see why they start with this project. All elements of timberframing are there in the sawhorse. Besides as you found out, bringing the log up to a reasonable height is important for joint work, so this is an important tool in timberframing.

Nice job. So are you going to build a timberframe home next?

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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reggiek

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#7 posted 1841 days ago

Having had a few sawhorses give way – made from those wonderfully cheap brace kits – I bet that yours will last a life time…probably the only con to that would be the weight…

I have built a few timberframe type barns and carports…and believe me they are sturdy. I have yet to hear of one collapsing even when having a load of snow, heavy hail or high winds.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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Bob A in NJ

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#8 posted 1840 days ago

Cool design, when are you going to build the other one?

-- Bob A in NJ

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danzaland

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#9 posted 1840 days ago

Thanks all.
For those of you that wonder what I’m putting on these horses, think back to the last time you were in an old barn. Remember those huge hand hewn beams? They could be 12 by 12 and 30 or more feet long. In class we had 2 33’ top plates and 1 33’ ridge pole each 8”x10” on one set so we could transfer rafter measurements quickly. SO yeah they need to be heavy duty.

Yes all, at least most timberframe elements are in the saw horse. Being such a small brace made it even more important to be precise. I am “boarding” one of my classmates horse until he can pick it up, if he does, so I have not rushed to make a second. If I were to make a second set I would consider making a set 30” tall, for there are times when I can get pretty low.

I will look for the drawings we did and try to post them, or make expanded drawings to show more detail.

Timberframe structure date back 500 or more years in Europe and probably more in some Asian countries. My instructor was from Switzerland and said had worked on many buildings over 300 years old. He told us that as long as the roof was good a timberframe could weather plenty, but once too much water gets at the frame, thats when the problems start.
For those who want to look at more timberframing just look up Tedd Benson, who just worked with This Old House and Jack Sobon, both of who are the more recognizable names in Timberframing.
Enjoy!
Chris

-- I don't know what God is. But I know what He ISN'T - Jordan Maxwell

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JayPique

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#10 posted 1840 days ago

New Energy Works Timberframers does pretty good work too. www.newenergyworks.com

Not sure if I’m supposed to post that, but I work with them and believe we also build and outfit some very nice homes.

JP

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cabinetmaster

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#11 posted 1840 days ago

Some really haevy duty sawhorses.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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a1Jim

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#12 posted 1840 days ago

Heavy duty well done

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jil

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#13 posted 1414 days ago

wicked, i just started that course this week and tomorrow we will be drafting the horse. I’m pretty new to this, but i’d like to customize the sawhorse for myself to be lightweight & easily transportable. I am wondering if you think it’d work to remove materials from certain areas where the forces aren’t as concentrated…?

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danzaland

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#14 posted 1412 days ago

You have to consider how the wood will dry, and where checks might occur. Any new hole or opening provides an additional place for moisture to move and checks to occur. Talk with your instructor about these concerns, but the more material you takeout the weaker it becomes.

-- I don't know what God is. But I know what He ISN'T - Jordan Maxwell

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Randolph Torres

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#15 posted 960 days ago

Yes good and strong

-- another tip from cooperedpatterns

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