Woodwork (5 photos)

Well, I finished building my sawhorses and I am quite pleased. I learned a lot from the exercise – I think more about what not to do next time rather than what to do. The sawhorses are held together with tapered mortises, tenons and wedges – no glue, nails or screws. Very strong.

There is method in my madness – the horses are so big I may have to expand my workshop just to store them!

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The darker wood is red cedar, the lighter spruce

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Mortise and Tenon

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Teak wedges expand the tenon inside the tapered mortise to hold everything tight

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Exposed Tenon

 

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Joinery

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The Buck Stops Here

After a frenzied few weeks of rutting season our resident senior buck came by to rest up on the lawn. A couple of the ladies walked by but he showed little interest so all should be calm until next year.

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Workshop

With our cold, and rainy weather right now the workshop is the perfect place to be. The work in progress are a pair of sawhorses constructed with joinery – mortised, tenoned and wedged with no glue, nails or screws. I have spent my life telling myself I didn’t have the precision to do such work but when I recently reached the ripe age of 65 I figured what the heck. Lo and behold they are turning out okay. Just goes to show we are usually our own worst enemies.

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