It’s been a long time in the making but I finally finished the second Japanese sawhorse with the idea of having a traditional and portable workbench. In the nicer months I work in the garage which is where the power tools live but during the lovely Iowa winters I relocate to the basement and after spending one season down there, a Japanese style bench seemed like a great addition to the work space. For the bench top itself I acquired a 8/4, 12″ wide, 8′ long, Ash slab (I would have preferred a 12/4 piece for stabilization but the one I have is pretty massive all the same). I’ve got some planing yet to do on the slab and I intend to add two sliding dovetail keys to act as ventral stops. For planing stops on the dorsal side I’ll drill a couple holes and use bench dogs. Here’s the photo essay of the sawhorse build. And the design, etc. is all based off of Jay Van Arsdale’s piece in American Woodworker magazine.