Shop Supports Learn To Cut Three Joints By Hand
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By Bill Anderson I have used what I call 'shop supports' for many years.These are not sawhorses, and they are not outfeed tables - they're somewhere in between, and I find them indispensable.I use them to temporarily store and sort lumber that I get in for workshops I teach at the Woodwright's School.
And when I process stock, the shop supports are tall enough that I do not have to do a lot of bending over.The shop supports are just high enough that I can comfortably crosscut or rip stock by either clamping it or holding it with my off hand.
Two supports provide stock support; one provides offcut support.I also find that the three supports, when overlaid with a panel, make a useful temporary bench.Recently I made new shop supports, primarily because the feet had rotted away on my old ones, but also to eliminate the nails and screws and instead rely on strong joinery.
I used 2×6 pine from the home center.For three shop supports, I needed three 10′ boards (for the tops and stretchers) and one 12′ board (for the legs).I planed and trimmed it straight, square and flat, to a common width and...