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Der Zimmererbock, the German Sawhorse: Building with Hand Tools

Course Overview

There are many designs for the sawhorse, as it is one of the most important tools a timber framer or woodworker has in the workshop. Der Zimmererbock is the traditional version of a sawhorse used and taught throughout Germany, where instructor Gerald David did his training in the timber framing. It is one of the first assembly exercises given to apprentices in their trade education. Students will begin by creating the layout on a sheet of plywood, which offers a first opportunity to apply geometric principles before moving to the timbers. Using this layout students will scribe four legs and the sawhorse back. The height can be customized. This session will conducted using exclusively hand tools, which offers lessons and practice in working with wood. Assembly is with screws and bolts. Materials fee covers one horse; students can make a pair if desired for an additional fee.


Fri, Nov 30th, 2018  –  Sun, Dec 2nd, 2018

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: 12+ w/ adult, 15+ w/o adu
Registration Cost: $305.00
Includes materials fee of $50.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

0.9mm mechanical pencil
Dedicated (not built in) eraser
12” ruler
Utility knife

Students who would like to make two sawhorses should indicate this in the "order notes" when the register for the class. Add'l materials fee of $50 applies.

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.