Der Zimmererbock, the German Sawhorse: Building with Hand Tools
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.
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.
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)
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.