Saw Horses for Hand Sawing

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Project by oldwolf posted 04-02-2010 08:33 PM 6040 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of a pair of saw horses I decided to make for hand sawing wood (as I discover my own glootish tendencies) This was a combination project for me, One I needed saw horses set at patella height to make it easier to rip boards, and two it was a prove I can do it type project as it was built with 99.9% hand tools. The only power I ended up using was my cordless drill and a 3/4 forstner bit to make the hold fast holes in the top, I discovered today that I do not have a 3/4 brace bit, hmmmm. thought I did, oh well back to eBay or the antique store for me! that’s such a shame,

There are wedged through tenons in the top and for the bottom stringer, This is also the first time I have carved anything by hand as well, before it was always the dremel to the rescue, The hand carving was very enjoyable, and I think I will be doing more of it in the future :) I also got to use my homemade dado saw for the first time on this project, It worked awesome.

Finished it off with a coat of danish oil, snapped some shots, and tomorrow I’ll be able to start working on finishing up the second horse. (there’s only really room in my shop to work on one at a time) If you want to see the process in more detail, including a bit on how I plan a design and use my shop drawings feel free to check out my blog, Inside the Oldwolf Workshop


4-26-2010 update,
The second saw horse is finished, finally. So I updated some pics.
Thanks for looking

-- Oldwolf -

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#1 posted 04-02-2010 08:36 PM

Damn, forgot the dimensions, Sorry, 18 inches high, 11 inch wide, and about 48 inches long. built from construction grade lumber, (not a big fan, but use what you have right)


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#2 posted 04-02-2010 09:12 PM

Nice work!

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#3 posted 04-02-2010 11:28 PM

Thank you CJIII

I have to say that God I’m daft some days, 36 inches long is the measurement,
not sure which ruler I was using . . . insert your own joke here . . .

-- Oldwolf -

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#4 posted 04-02-2010 11:43 PM

Looks good



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#5 posted 04-03-2010 04:04 AM

Many times the support for your work is more important than the tool or sometimes the craftsman. This can be said for many times in life as well. Good work, it got me to thinking so I’d better stop typing. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#6 posted 04-04-2010 07:31 AM

Look to good to mess up in shop.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#7 posted 04-07-2010 03:55 PM

Oooh I wish I had seen this before I built mine. I like the design a lot. Well done.

I have one more to build (one of the two I built is going into the my toddler’s room for him to play workshop) so I am contemplating adding the bird’s mouth to the end. My previous saw bench versions didn’t have it as they have a ripping slot. How often do you find yourself using the bird’s mouth? (maybe you haven’t had enough time to experiment yet)
Anyway, the time you spend building these is well spent. I estimate that nearly half of the time I spend in the shop I end up using my saw benches. With your shop being so small, you might find you end up using them as “your outside workshop” a lot more.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 08-31-2013 01:41 PM

Wow! I thought those were furniture for your home! Very nice looking saw benches, almost too pretty to work on, but obviously tough

-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"

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#9 posted 08-31-2013 01:52 PM

Very nice.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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