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Forum topic by Bergman posted 06-28-2014 09:19 PM 1944 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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06-28-2014 09:19 PM

So I’m in the process of making a shaving horse or coopers bench and not quite sure how to put the legs on.

I was told a quick easy way would be to use plastic sawhorse brackets on the bottom of the bench, like this…

But I was thinking of doing it like this:

Problem is, I’m not really sure how to go about doing it the second way, and am starting to think the first way would be the best. The legs are 2×4 and the bench is 2×10

Is it worth it to cut out for the legs or will the saw horse brackets be easier and stronger?

If I should go with cutting out for the legs, how do I go about it? Where to start? How to transfer the angles? And everything else.

I don’t need it to be perfect, It’s just made out of cheap wood. It’s kind of a prototype, I’m planning on making another one a couple years down the road anyways.

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#1 posted 06-30-2014 10:42 AM

I’d prob. go for the brackets if you just want function, not looks. If you want the angles, and don’t have the math to figure them out, use a bevel. and a straight yard stick. More of the people that made them originally, laid them out, than figured them.

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