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Der Zimmererbock, the German Sawhorse: Building with Hand Tools

Course Overview

There are many designs for sawhorses, 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 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 timbers. Using this layout students will scribe four legs and the sawhorse back. The height can be customized. This session will be 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, Dec 13th, 2019  –  Sun, Dec 15th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: 12+ w/ adult, 15+ w/o adult
Registration Cost: $305.00
Includes materials fee of $50.00
Additional materials fee paid to instructor when class starts: per sawhorse

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.

  • Razorsaw Ryoba Saw 300mm No. 616 (find it on Amazon)
  • 1 1/2” Framing chisel by Barr tools or Robert Sorby (the NH store or your favorite tool store, or online)

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.

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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.