Conventional Sawhorse

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A well-built conventional saw-horse gets its stability from legs that are splayed from end to end and from side to side. To make a sawhorse like this means cutting compound miters.

Our favorite design gets around this. It came from Rick Schertz of Moweaqua, Illinois, see Fig. 3. The legs are splayed only from side to side. But it's got end to end stability too—not from compound cuts on the legs, but from notches in the top rail.

cutting the notch. The tricky part to this sawhorse is cutting these angled notches. I cut the ends or limits of the notch with a handsaw and removed the waste with a chisel.

SIDE VIEW

48"

END VIEW

SEE DETAIL A

SEE DETAIL B

TOP RAIL

LEGS

END BRACES

END VIEW

SEE DETAIL A

END BRACES

20" CUT ON BOTH ENDS

20" CUT ON BOTH ENDS

THIRD: REMOVE WASTE

GLUE AND NAIL LEGS IN PLACE

GLUE AND NAIL LEGS IN PLACE

_COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS

Talking Shop

WEATHERED FURNITURE I-

■ After we built the redwood Adirondack furniture last summer. we left it out on the patio. This spring 1 noticed that some of the redwood had turned gray. It gave me the opportunity to test a couple methods for restoring outdoor furniture.

If you like the gray color redwood takes on. you can just rinse and lightly scrub the wood to remove any dirt, see photo A

one-step method. To remove the gray and lighten the wood. I tried a "deck cleaner-brightener" available at most home centers.

In most cases, you simply spray or brush the product on. After letting the solution work, scrub the wood with a stiff brush and then rinse (not shown).

two step method. Another method I tried (and preferred since it offers more control) is recommended by the California Redwood Association.

To remove the dirt and gray, scrub the wood with a solution of one cup trisodium phosphate (TSP is a common cleaner) per gallon of water, see B. Then, rinse and repeat if necessary.

Now, to lighten the color.

brush on a solution of Vi cup oxalic acid crystals dissolved in one gallon of water. (TSP and oxalic acid are both available at hardware stores.) Then let the solution dry and rinse, see C.

refintsh. When the wood is completely dry, you canrefinish, see I). I applied two coats of the original finish, see page 31.

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