Roundwood Sawhorse

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Project by daltxguy posted 01-27-2012 11:27 AM 4166 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another primitive project made with nothing but handtools. An axe, hatchet, handsaw, chisel, mallet, a chalkline and a level – maybe even a pencil too.

I have a longish description of how I made these which I will likely post later as a blog.
The techniques are a combination of log building and timber framing.

The top rail is about 5” diameter log ( 125mm) and the legs are 4” ( 100mm) diameter.

I wasn’t a purist about it and they are nailed together with galvanized nails ( ideally, I suppose they should have been pegged and the ends of the pegs wedged). 4” nails for the legs to the top plate and 3” nails for the braces to the legs.

Made with radiata pine, peeled by hand with shovel, putty knife ( putty knives are like miniature bark spuds – great for small diameter logs where the bark peels off easily) and drawknife.

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

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#1 posted 01-27-2012 11:38 AM

That is very cool Steve. What a great way to incorporate your timber framing skills on a small (compared to a building) project.

Looking at the growth rings, radiata pine must grow very fast.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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#2 posted 01-27-2012 11:53 AM

Thanks Chuck. Radiata pine grows very fast here in NZ. About 3ft/year. Harvest after 27 years typically ( only because growth rate begins to decline at this point). Usually 100ft high by that point and several feet in diameter. Unfortunately, heartwood only begins to form at about 40 years so most of it ends up treated with nasty CCA.

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

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#3 posted 01-27-2012 01:16 PM

Best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 01-27-2012 03:43 PM

Nice sawhorse. I, too, use putty knives as bark removal/shaper tools. They work great.

That is a solid work piece you have there. Good job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 01-27-2012 03:43 PM

Way cool!
Yes, next time please peg the legs!!

-- ~Julie~

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#6 posted 01-27-2012 03:46 PM

That looks great! I bet it’s heavy. Looking forward to the blog post.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#7 posted 01-27-2012 04:08 PM

Very nice sawhorse. Great construction.

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#8 posted 01-27-2012 05:57 PM

Jeepers man, I have a hard time getting joints that tight with pocket screws! Nice work.

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#9 posted 01-27-2012 06:22 PM

Well done Steve. The photo showing the top with the legs sawed flush with the top looks a lot like an owl. So green wood, craftsmanship and art all in one package.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 01-27-2012 06:32 PM

Great job ,it looks like something from the movie alone in the wilderness.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 01-28-2012 01:17 AM

Got a donkey to carry that thing (and its mate??)?

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#12 posted 01-28-2012 03:47 AM

deffently the right to have infront of a log house :-)

take care

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#13 posted 01-29-2012 08:25 AM

Nice. Very nice….................

-- mike...............

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#14 posted 01-29-2012 09:18 PM

Steve: what height are they? Do you intend to use them with a traditional western rip saw?

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