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!


The darker wood is red cedar, the lighter spruce


Mortise and Tenon


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


Exposed Tenon





  1. I must say well done and a very nice job you’ve made of them. I hope you haven’t made such a good job that they turn into furniture. It would be a shame not to use them for their intended purpose. 😉

    • Thank you! I could have used any wood but I seem to have lots of teak scraps at the moment and I like the colour contrast. It is a good strong wood and nice to work with when making smaller bits. Teak is very oily so it may not expand too much but not a problem if it does. The sawhorses will be mainly outside (under cover) anyway and should remain fairly stable.

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