I took a class from Chris Gochner last week and we built this saw horse along with a shaker step stool. We used the saw horse to help prepare the cherry for the shaker step stool. This horse is finished with terra cotta, green and then black milk paint. The final coat was pre-cat-lacquer. The legs were cut down and finished with hand planes. The top was sized with hand planes. I used a draw knife to distress the edges to give it that "used" look. Brace and bit were used to drill the holes for the legs. A bung hole reamer was use to taper the hole and the leg was secured with a wedge.
This cherry step stool was dressed using hand planes. It was sawed to length on the saw horse above. The dovetails were all hand cut. The shakers generally had an arch at the bottom of the side. I do not care for the look, so I added what is an arts and crafts detail instead. It is called a cloud lift. If you look at older posts, you will see the cloud lift in a better view. The finish is natural cherry. It will take a few months to turn to a deep beautiful red. The cherry has numerous coats of pre-cat-lacquer for durability.
My common name is McKay Sleight. Moku means wood, saku means to make, and sensei is teacher. I taught woodworking for 31 years. I retired in May of 2010. Before teaching, I worked as a mortician, insulation installer and coca cola delivery. I lived in Japan for 2 years and still speak a little after 40 years. I received my masters of education degree in 1984. I have six children, the oldest of which is a Doctor of Nurse practitioner. The second is an amazing young mom that works with handicapped adults. # 3 graduated in radiation technology and has an amazing wife that will put up with him. #4 has one little girl and a cute little boy. #5 is working at two jobs and is going to school for EMT and firefighting. #6 is married, and graduated in 2011 as a med. assistant. She loves her job.