My work as a carpenter who specializes in repairing and replacing exterior trim means that I spend a lot of time fussing with long workpieces that have to be planed to fit. As shown in the drawing, I made some simple modifications to my sawhorses to make the planing go a little easier.
First, I cut the ends of the sawhorse crossbars to create little liplike ledges on their ends that are wide enough to support a piece of 1x stock on edge. And second, I bored 1-in. dia. holes in the sawhorse crossbars to accommodate the stationary jaw of a bar clamp.
To use, I simply rest the workpiece on the horse’s lips, clamp the stock to the crossbars and plane away.
John Michael Davis, New Orleans, LA
Edited and Illustrated by Charles Miller
From Fine Homebuilding #141