Mortise & Tenon Sawhorses




Introduction: Mortise & Tenon Sawhorses

About: Former NFL Offensive lineman turned Furniture maker. I am self taught and sharing my experiences with the world!

Build A set of sturdy sawhorses, and get better at traditional woodworking!

In this video I link up with Woodcraft finally build a sturdy sawhorse. Something I have been looking to do for a long long time. I wanted to work on traditional woodworking skills, so I used through mortise and tenon joinery for the whole build. I incorporate some curves and use some simple accents to hone in my skills!

This project was super easy and only used (2) 2"x 8" x 10's


To tackle this project I have listed the products I recommend and use in my shop! You can check out the full list here ! Woodworking Tool

This build has a lot of steps. It can seem intimidating, but it is not as daunting as it may seem. I break it down into 4 easy to follow parts

  1. Cut Stock From Cut List
  2. Glue up Top & Feet
  3. Layout/ Cut Mortises
  4. Cut Tenons
  5. Cut Profiles
  6. Assemble

The video is a basic over view for the build with some guidance and step by step. If you're looking for a full plan, check that out here for FREE! SAWHORSE SKILL BUILDER PLAN

    Step 1: Cut Stock From Cut List

    Layout and cut down store bought lumber to dimensions listed on the plan cut list!

    Step 2: Glue Up Top & Feet

    Glue up parts for top & the feet. These will be the only parts needing Glue

    Step 3: Layout/ Cut Mortises

    Layout mortises according to FREE PLAN and cut using a mortiser, drill press & chisel, or old school with a chisel and mallet .

    Clean up cuts with a hand chisel!

    Step 4: Cut Tenons

    Layout and Cut the tenons for the joinery. I use a bandsaw, but a handsaw or table saw would work just as easily.

    Step 5: Cut Top & Feet Profiles

    Using your table saw & or bandsaw, cut the profiles according to the cut diagram. These steps are not necessary, but eliminate bulk and add some nice aesthetic.

    Cut the Curves for the other visual aspects of the sawhorse. Then clean them up using a hand sander or a oscillating spindle sander

    Step 6: Assemble

    Assemble the sawhorse using glue and a rubber mallet. You can finish the horse with a coat of finish for protection. THATS A WRAP !

    For more detailed instructions check out the full plan!

    Check out the original build video for the out feed table and other shop projects!

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      5 years ago

      Must say, Ok, you wanted to revise your Mortise & Tenoning Skills, But :-

      For a Stool to Stand on as well as Work from, you'r Design is seriously lacking in Lateral Bracing, That "Stretcher" just above the Base, will do little to stop the whole thing Collapsing Horizontally when an average weight Person (11 to 18 Stones) Stands on it and pushes either way from whatever they are working on if using at Right Angles to the Work, Also the Width/Length of the Feet, are far to Short for the Height, if using Parallel to the Work and Pushing, (Say a Drill or Screwdriver), !! Here's a couple of Pictures of Proper Hard Working, Stable Both Ways, Stools, No Gluing, No Tenoning, No Mortising, Just Two Sizes Of Timber & a Couple of Plywood/Blockboard Scraps, A Hand Saw, A Sliding Bevel, A Few Screws, and A Spirit Level, to Scribe The Finished Leg Ends to a Level Base !!

      What's the "Notch" for, .............well, that's for Hanging Doors !

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