Making Shop Stands

Pair of Stands Krenov-style shop stands are strong, lightweight (unless you use, say, bubinga :-) ) and nest neatly without taking up lots of floor space. Making them is a good exercise in basic mortise-&-tenon joinery, planing and assembly. In my ‘Mortise and Tenon’ class, each student makes a pair of stands to take home. In order to make the most of the two-day class, I prepare all the stock in advance. Students learn to plan and execute mortises, using one of my horizontal mortising machines; saw tenons and bridle joints on the tablesaw; fit the joinery by hand, and assemble the completed stands.

Below is a gallery of images from a recent class. These cover some of the basic milling operations not done in class as well as some of the joinery operations.