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Project by kokaneesailor posted 06-22-2011 02:53 AM 4753 views 21 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Needed to find a use for the big ole tree that got knocked down by a wind storm and hit the house. Had a magazine article that showcased these trestle ponies. The plans were a bit sketchy, ( or I have a hard time comprehending the written word), but I finally figured them out.

I cut the tree ( pine) with a beam machine and chainsaw in the backyard. Then cut them down to 5×5’s and 3.5×5.5’s with a circular saw. Then fine tuned them with a old 5.5 bailey plane.

Used a old Snell timber frame boring machine to flesh out the mortise’s. Chisel and mallet to clean out the blind mortise and thru mortise. Used a Makita circular saw to cut the arch for the bottom speader.

Cut 3/4 inch birch dowels for pegs, then hexagoned them for more bite. Did a bit of sanding, and a couple of coats of Danish Oil for a finish.

Now that they are done, not sure if I want to use them a trestle ponies for timbers, might just make a 8 foot long top for it and viola, renaissance table.

It was fun to make, cause I don’t have a shop, so I had to keep one eye on the sky at all times. Rain and antique tools don’t mix well.





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whit

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#1 posted 06-22-2011 03:00 AM

WOW!! Saw horses . . . on steroids!! Very nice.

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#2 posted 06-22-2011 03:32 AM

Those ponies are ready for some serious weight. Back when I used to build houses I would make 3-4 sets at a time all the same. Worked great I still have a bunch 20 years later. You mentioned that you cut the arch on the bottom spreader with a circular. Ho did you accomplish that on such a thick piece? I remember guys that did that with thinner material but not something that thick.

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Manitario

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#3 posted 06-22-2011 03:42 AM

wow, now THESE are sawhorses!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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kokaneesailor

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#4 posted 06-22-2011 04:51 AM

stnich, I only had the blade depth about a 1/8 of an inch on the circular when I cut the arch. After that I dropped the blade to it’s max and did slanted breadcut’s. I don’t have a bandsaw, so this was the easiest way that I could think of doing a half decent job. The french curve is an awesome invention!

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MichaelA

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#5 posted 06-22-2011 05:20 AM

Kokoneesailor, These are a carpenters dream. Great job!!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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kenn

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#6 posted 06-22-2011 05:39 AM

Now I see why these are so beefy, you’re getting ready for some timber framing. I think they’ll hold up! Nice build. Good luck on the house.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#7 posted 06-22-2011 08:42 AM

This is really carpenters dream.

-- Jiri

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RGtools

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#8 posted 06-22-2011 03:21 PM

Giddyup.

Where did you find the drill press? That is a gorgeous tool.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#9 posted 06-22-2011 03:56 PM

Maybe both a table and a work bench and saw horses? Waiting to see the results! :)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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FlairWoodworks

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#10 posted 06-22-2011 06:54 PM

RG said it best:

“Giddyup.

Where did you find the drill press? That is a gorgeous tool.”

-- Chris Wong -- http://flairwoodworks.wordpress.com --

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Pacdad

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#11 posted 06-24-2011 12:36 AM

Love the SUPER DUTY saw horses. But that old tool takes a back seat to NOTHING!! Love seeing the old tools being used. Super job.

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jcees

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#12 posted 06-24-2011 05:26 PM

Wow! Who made the statue in the last shot? It’s so life like.

LOL

Great trestles and heck yeah, now I’ve got a reason to buy a beam drill. Woohoo!

always,
J.C.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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Reginald

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#13 posted 07-05-2011 03:55 AM

Great looking trestle ponies-I must say I would love to try my hand at making myself a set.Is there anyway I could get a copy of that magazine article. I am an aspiring timber framer and these look like a great project to start honing my skills on!

-- Reginald

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kokaneesailor

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#14 posted 07-07-2011 04:45 AM

Thanks for all the positive comments. The snell boring machine was an e-bay bid win item. I purchased 75 percent of my timberframing tools off e-bay. The more beat up and abused ( within reason) they are the more I seem to love them. I love breathing new life into an old, forgotten item. Every day is like Christmas when you’ve finished a marathon of shopping on e-bay.

As I let Reggie know, you can get the plans for these trestle ponies from a back issue of BackHome Magazine Jan/Feb 2008 edition. I don’t believe it’s very much money, and well worth it in my opinion. I’m attaching a link to the magazines back order page. You will have to cut and paste it into your browser, cause the hyper link thingy is beyond my comprehension.

Thanks again…Robert
http://backhomemagazine.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=BBM&Product_Code=BH092&Category_Code=BI8

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kokaneesailor

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#15 posted 07-07-2011 04:46 AM

Well it looks like the hyperlink thingy works all on its own… lol

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