From time to time I have received requests for plans for simple saw horses. A quick aside: This project has reminded me of the value off a good crosscut backsaw, something I grew up knowing only as a tenon saw.” I sense that many have found value with rip profile teeth for this type of work, but I would not want to be without the precision of a crosscut saw in my arsenal. The benefit of this is now you have a radiused corner on the notches and that helps prevent the wood from splitting from side loads, and especially since it is almost in line with the grain, and hold even more weight with that simple modification. I built two sawhorses with these and had the following experience: First, the 2x4s were slightly too large to fit easily in the bracket.
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About a million years ago my dad knocked together a couple of almost-identical saw horses out of some reclaimed lumber and door hinges. A device for crowd control in the 20th century had the shape of a sawhorse made of wood. Most sawhorses are tiny and for painting some baseboards I needed some taller sawhorses. Set your circular saw to cut at a 13-degree bevel, and cut the legs to length at a 13-degree angle. Because of this they are disposable and easily replaced when you get too many cuts on them from the saw.
Cut two blocks of wood to temporarily hold the shelf in place while you fasten the hinged side of the shelf to the legs. Since our tables are a bit higher, we’re considering making an attachment that will put the surface of the sawhorse at the same height as the tables. Ensure you have comfortable working conditions for every project, every time with this handy saw horse set.
Note that you can cut all four legs at one time if you have a compound saw that will cut a 4×8 inch stack of 2×4’s. If you’re still making do with upturned buckets or using a pair with more wobble than Jell-, take a look at the herd we’ve corralled. Perhaps best of all is the fact that the whole project can be put together from three 8-foot 2 by 4s and a scrap of 1 by 4, at a cost roughly equivalent to that of just one pair of conventional sawhorse brackets.
Only one suggestion i would add is: add a 3/8″ drill thru hole, or whatever is closest to the radius of the 2×4 corners, before you jig saw the 90 degree notches. So I’m looking at my needs and see that my current generation of sawhorses are either holding something up or just fell apart with nothing left over for me to use to build my work bench on. My father made saw horses once about 20 years ago, without the help of the internet or plans of any sort.
For the truly classic look, a single stretcher is through-mortised into the legs of the sawhorse with a contrasting wooden wedge in the tenon. I set my circ saw a hair deeper than the material (just to be sure I get all the way through it) and it leaves saw marks in the cross member. I slid the stand out enough for my saw to balance just fine on the corbels and screwed in from the top of the bottom plank of the stand. Providing a sturdy polypropylene table like surface, supporting up to 180kg when paired together, this set is collapsible and lightweight, easily transported to any work site.
Once I decide just where I want the table top in relation to the legs, I’ll attach the crossbeams to the table top to give it more stability. Give your traditional home decor a fabulous update by revealing this avant-garde working sawhorse table. Some sawhorses are built on the job site using scrap materials and some use complex wood joinery and show the pride and skill of a master craftsman.
Run the screws deep so that you don’t hit the screw heads with your saw when you are cutting across the top of your sawhorses. The crispiness of the metal brackets paired with the jet-black tabletop brings an aesthetic feel to the room. I’m tempted to make one of these horses to match my sawyers bench as a support for longer pieces. The longitudinal trough at the top is sized to accommodate a 2 by 4 of any length, and prevents it from skewing under pressure from the saw. This two-legged sawhorse is a classicit’s strong and sturdy and the sawhorses nest one inside the other for compact storage. Wood can run different widths so I do suggest measuring here to get an exact fit.
If I were making one again, I’d recess the nuts on the end of the threaded rod so you can’t clip it with the saw. They may not resemble the horses your father had or the set in your garage, but this new generation has features you can’t find in older models. In other words, this will give us three feet of space to saw things on. Your board could be longer or shorter – just pick a length that will give you ample room to work comfortably. It is suggested you build your horses a bit tall, since the legs can be trimmed when they are complete to fit the user.
Makeshift tables from sawhorses particularly come in handy when you’re setting up for a garage sale. Also if you use as much reclaimed 2X4 as I do the new brackets won’t fit the old 2X4s. Place a leg in the slot with the saw still set at 20 degrees, the short side of the top of the leg should be to the left, when you make the first cut you will slice a bit off the 2X4 on the right and cut into the 2X2, stop before you cut all the way through it. After the glue has dried, use a hand saw to cut the top of the legs flush with the top of the saddle.
If you’re looking for something easier to build than these models, Timothy from Charles and Hudson (C&H) provides a great alternative for simple (but still sturdy) sawhorses C&H’s sawhorses stack, but do not fold, and the legs angle in only two dimensions rather than three. These five sawhorse plans require little more than a circular saw and some 2 x 4s and plywood to build. You may have noticed that even though I have a nice bench (and I’m about to start another), I decided to make these sawhorses using a dreadful version of the Workmate and nail the project together on the floor.
You can cut miters in most small moldings with a miter box and hand saw, but for large profiles, especially tall baseboard and crown molding, a power miter saw is the only way to go. Because power miter saws are now so affordable, anyone with an interest in carpentry should own one. These sawhorses follow this technique and will look as good in your workshop as they would in your home. This miter saw stand (see photo, right; click to enlarge) is made from three main parts.