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Sawhorse Survivor

Until I recently started finally building a garden gate for my mother [more on that to follow!], which involves working with timbers 7ft or 2.1m long, the folding sawhorses I made last year had spent the past five-months living outside my current home. You see, when I moved in, there was still some work to be done (boxing in, etc.) and I needed something to work on. Even after I finished, I got so used to not tripping over them in my workshop that I decided to leave them outside until I’d made some space inside the workshop… As you can probably guess, that never quite happened!

After five-months of exposure to the West Country weather (which has included another disappointing summer!), it’s fair to say that these ‘horses are holding up very well indeed. Much of the original, freshly-sawn colour has gone (as always happen when untreated timber is exposed to UV rays) but all the joints appear to be in tact.

…Or, at the very least, no worse than they were when I cut them! Winking smile

After bunging both ‘horses in the back of the van and getting them back to my workshop, I did discover one nasty surprise… Upon opening (un-folding) one of the sawhorses after arrival, a million bugs (possibly small beetles or earwigs – I’m not too sure!) fell pouring to the floor in a shower of black insetci-ness!! They then quickly scattered away and in to the nearest area of green life, perhaps never to be seen again… The other sawhorse, however, contained nothing more than (literally) a couple of woodlice. Nothing quite so heart-stopping, there!

I do still need to fit a pair of sacrificial MDF strips to the top of my ‘horses. As you can see above, a considerable amount of ‘damage’ has already been done. There’s a fair amount of rust showing on the (apprently) galvanised flap hinges but, they still seem to work fine.

So, if you’re still looking for a design for a pair of sawhorses to make, I think this shows that mine really are built to last. Treating the wood (with some kind of preserver), particularly on the end-grain, wouldn’t be a bad idea, though.

Thanks for reading.

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