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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15 comments

  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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