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Forum topic by rwe2156 posted 07-07-2014 01:35 PM 1282 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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07-07-2014 01:35 PM

I recently built Chris Swartz’s version of a knee horse found here:

Thought I’d share some thoughts for any considering building one.

1. I found when sitting on the horse to chisel, etc, the horse tipped backward. If your over 6’ tall, consider a longer top – maybe 36”, or consider splaying the legs forward and back.

2. Since the leg to top joint is cross grain, I screwed and plugged them instead of nailing. This also eliminates the hassle of clamping non parallel boards.

3. Ease the edges of the cross braces prior to assembly.

4. Join short braces to outside of legs and turn long brace face down for better strength.

5. Finally, some type of saw storage under the bench might be handy.

6. I am considering some type of leg extension for double duty as a regular saw horse.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#1 posted 03-20-2015 02:35 AM

Good observations. I went with the first-gen sawbench of the Schwarz. Made two others as gifts, they all take abuse well, very stable and very heavy.

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