Christian Becksvoort, New Router Table, Tall Saw Horses
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Why I Like my Adjustable Sawhorses

Tall is good. My Becksvoort tall sawhorses in use.

Tall is good. My Becksvoort tall sawhorses in use.

I have had these adjustable sawhorses for only a short while and have not put them to much use. In my last post on the router table, I have a photo of the project resting on my two foot tall sawhorses. The two footers are handy, but they are two footers. What if you want your work a lot higher?

Until yesterday, the shell of the router table called my workbench home. But, I need that space to build the drawer. Looking around my shop, I spied my new tall sawhorses and put them to use. As you can see, I can position the router table much closer to eye level which will help me fit the mahogany drawer front and continue to fit the various drawer parts. Pretty sweet!

Ready to build a box.

Ready to build a box.

Fitting the drawer front.

Fitting the drawer front.

So this week has been all about preparation for the drawer build. In the photos above, I have gathered the needed materials to include the under-mount full extension drawer slides – these slides are not cheap. The drawer is 8 3/8 inches deep so the pine sides and back along with the mahogany drawer front are formed from a glue-up to achieve the needed height.

I made good use of my LN smoothing plane yesterday. I have a long way to go before I am skilled with it, but I did flatten the drawer front. Mahogany often has small areas where the grain can change direction causing tear-out. I had a few instances of pretty good tear-out which I won’t be able to recover from. This is limited to one side of the board, so I’ll simply orient that face towards the inside of the drawer – no big deal.

Over the next few days, I’ll actually building the drawer. I’ll use the same joinery found on the built-in I made for our upstairs bathroom. Those drawers feature joinery which is decorative and simple to make, but more on that next weekend. Plus, this is the first time I have used the under-mount drawer glides. They look a little complicated.

Also in the Works
I am about half way through my next woodworking plan. This time I am diving into Arts and Crafts furniture with a bookcase…

I did a ton of research for this project plan - a lot of graphic design work too.

A lot of research has gone into this woodworking plan.

I did some pretty extensive research on the bookcase making changes to the design as recently as yesterday. For the woodworking plan, I also studied Arts and Crafts graphic design. I find it interesting that the Arts and Crafts movement’s influence extended to graphic design in such a big way.

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5 Comments

  1. Looks good, Jeff. How are the horses to work on, rather than assemble? Do they rack when you push or pull on the material being worked?

  2. Thanks Bill and Blue Spruce. Dyami, my experience with the extenders is still very limited. I really don’t see using them for a lot more than what you see in this post. In the FWW article by Becksvoort, he mentions using the extenders only for sanding and finishing as well as a way to simply eliminate some bending over to work on a piece. With the extenders removed, the sawhorses function just like any other sawhorse. Thanks for the comments.

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