|Project by kokaneesailor||posted 06-22-2011 02:53 AM||5955 views||22 times favorited||16 comments|
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.