The design of the low horses stems from the fact that most japanese woodwork is done while sitting. This is a photo of the author s drawing shown in the.
I rarely work on the floor but i use low horses all the time on the benchtop sign up for eletters today and get the latest techniques and how to from fine woodworking plus special offers.
Fine woodworking saw horse design. These sawhorses are definitely challenging but they cover a wide range of concepts essential for furniture making. The woodworking for these sawhorses is now complete. Although his drawing is weak and without angles and dimensions the text the article is quite informational.
After building several for my shop i ve come up with a few useful construction tips and created my own set of plans and templates to simplify cutting the joinery. The more you use these the more ways you ll find to customize them and make the design your own. When this sawhorse was first featured in fine woodworking in 1987 the article offered vague plans and general dimensions so that readers could modify the sawhorse plans to suit their needs.
18th century style sawhorse january 9 2007 based on examples in the historic cabinet shop at colonial williamsburg this sturdy shop staple features fine joinery and a stout design. I recommend the early fine woodworking article by sam allen sep oct 1980 no. In the following steps and attached video i will show how to build this classic sawhorse.
For example i recently decided to make the top crossbar interchangeable. These sawhorses can be easily modified to meet your needs. You can paint or stain them but that is a matter of preference.
The two stacked units will easily fit in a corner of your shop until you need them. To stack the finished sawhorses place the 49 inch unit on top of the 47 inch unit as shown in the photo below.