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Building the Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses

Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – The sawhorses at their new home at the Workshop at The Gardens

Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – The North House Folk School is in Grand Marais, Minnesota and has hundreds of classes each teaching Northern craft. Timber framing is one of the original coursed taught at the folk school. Ben Finely from DuckHill Workshop joined me for nine days in a timber framing class at North House in which we created a 10’x16’ frame for a pavilion.  During our class we made a video a day about our experience and the are all in a playlist located here—> Build Your Own Timber Frame. We finished our frame a day early and wanted to learn more about timber framing, so we set out to construct a set of sawhorses. The sawhorses were made from green white pine harvested in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Thank you for checking out this post! Enjoy!!

Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Watch the video to see the sawhorses form the very beginning to completion.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – North House Folk School is located on the shores of Lake Superior in Grand Marias, Minnesota.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – The sawhorse design, sketching out the dimensions and layout.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Laying out the timbers and marking the cuts.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Breaking down the timbers…. yeah, that’s a big saw!
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Ben giving the vintage mortising machine a go in doing the sawhorses.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Chisel work cleaning out the mortise.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – The corner chisel works great, but not an easy one to sharpen.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Knocking away the cut offs from the tenons of the legs.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Cleaning up the tenons… nothing beats a sharp chisel and green white pine.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Cleaning up the tenons… nothing beats a sharp chisel and green white pine.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Putting the angle cut on the feet of the sawhorses.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Cleaning up the feet of the sawhorses and making them look pretty.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Drilling the peg hole in the feet.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Assembling the components of the sawhorses.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Drilling the holes for the pegs.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Assembling the second sawhorses, learning as we go.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – The strap pulls it all together nice and tight befor we drill the peg holes in the tenons.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – Oak pegs are installed while still under tension from the strap.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – All of the esposed end cuts were sealed with Anchorseal.
Ultimate Timber Frame Sawhorses ~ Built at North House Folk School in Minnesota – The completed sawhorse set next to our pavilion frame in the Red Building… ready to head home.

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