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Timbered Sawhorse Trestles

Whether they are built for the workshop or used to support a tabletop or workbench, timbered sawhorse trestles are reliable, sturdy and reflective of the craftsmanship that goes into timber framing. During this course, you'll focus on the layout and cutting of the mortise and tenon joints needed to create a timbered sawhorse. You will create a pair of trestles made of 6”x 6" timbers that are 3 or 4 feet wide. This class is a great introduction to the basic techniques used in traditional timber framing. Students will have the opportunity to try out professional-grade timber framing tools, as well as learn to use a variety of traditional hand tools.  Materials fee includes a light dinner during the first night of class.

The basic 6"x6" design of these timbered sawhorses are more than strong enough for almost any use.  That said, students interested in even heavier duty sawhorses may request timbers that are 6"x8" (5' wide) or 8"x8" (6' wide) for an additional cost, approximately 1.5 times or 2 times respectively the materials fee.  Please inquire at the time of registration.


New! Fri, Jan 20, 2017 - Sun, Jan 22, 2017
(Early bird tuition deadline: 12/09/16)

Course Details

Length in days:
2 1/2

Day 1: 5pm-9pm Day2/3: 9am-5pm

$200.00 per student (Regular rate)
$185.00 per student (Early-bird rate)



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You will need the following tools for this class:

  1. 1-1/2” Framing Chisel. Barr makes a great framing chisel, and these are available for purchase at the School Store (see below). Woodcraft and Sorby both make a suitable chisel as well. The standard bench chisels available at the local hardware store are not long enough for this type of work. The school and the instructor both have chisels that you can borrow for the class.
  2. Heavy duty carving mallet. Again, the school has mallets you may use and purchase, but if you want to get your own, look for a 20-40 oz mallet with a wood, rawhide, or plastic head. Urethane mallets are excellent.
  3. Marking knife. Anything from a swiss army knife to carpet or utility knife will work. (may be available @ School Store)
  4. Ear Protection (may be available for purchase @ North House School Store)
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.
Clark Bremer Clark Bremer

Clark’s wife enrolled him in the first timber framing class offered at North House and he hasn’t been the same since. He became a professional Timber Framer for 10 years, and served on the board of the Timber Framer’s Guild. A former researcher at Bell Labs, he is now a computer programmer. Clark lives in NE Minneapolis, and is still married to Mia.

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Timbered Sawhorse Trestles

Timbered Sawhorse Trestles