Krenov Sawhorses make for a relaxed glue up…

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James Krenov inspired sawhorses, sliding sled glue up station.

James Krenov inspired many a woodworker. One of his students’ projects was his sawhorse. While most sawhorses have splayed legs this design takes out the bulk, inconvenient use and storage issues. It is a vertical design with wide stance feet that is very easy to use and store due to their nesting ability.
They can be used separated 2 – 3 metres or closed up together for smaller glue ups, veneer pressing, or clamping up a project. The lower stretchers can also be used as a timber rack during work or storage for longer periods. 
Construction is mortise and tenon with a strong snug tenon in the base of the upright. We made our sawhorses with economical pine but their design and long term use warrants better timber. The timber we used is 35mm thick but 19mm to 25mm thicknesses would produce a more elegant sawhorse without reducing durability. 19mm Blackwood, Tas Oak or Cherry would look great. If using 19mm stock we would recommend a through tenon with wedges for the lower stretchers due to the thinner 19mm uprights.

Glue up sleds take the stress (well some of it) out of glue up time.

These simple sleds or troughs can be used with rectangular bar clamps or pipe clamps. We use rectangular bar clamps so the slots in the clamp blocks were vertical but they can easily be half moon shaped to accommodate pipe clamps. 
The major feature of this system is the accessibility to clamp heads and the project you are gluing up. It is very easy to add clamps that sit across the top of the project or vertically to hold down cauls. Also, the flexibility of length and width means nearly any project can be accommodated. See the pics below, we have a longer sled for bench tops and a shorter version for smaller project use.

This is the shorter version for smaller glue ups…
Longer version, the one we use for bench top glue ups…

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