Sawhorse plans family handyman, Framing carpenters usually build these horses when they show up at a job site. Before placing a heavy weight on sawhorses, check to make sure the horses are set up properly on a firm surface. Having done this we will have 2 supports with 2 legs each, which together would make the wooden sawhorse. Sawhorses made with metal brackets will support several hundred pounds, but should never be climbed on, because shifting weight might cause them to collapse. Putting an additional 2×4 flat on top of the horse will give you a ‘sacrificial’ piece of wood, that you can replace when it gets chewed up by your saw.
We needed them for another project we were about to start on. Very simple to build and inexpensive. You can easily use a skill saw set at 15-degrees and just mark the top and bottom of the leg at 15-degrees. You can also put hinges on the legs on one side and a chain or pivot on the end cross pieces to allow the sawhorses to fold up to save room. As an apprentice carpenter we often were called upon to make the sawhorses for the job site. I eventually found and fell in love with Dewalt’s heavy-duty DWX725 work stands which offered me more features than the plastic folding types. The wooden design has an old-school quality, look, and feel, while still incorporating modern and innovative functionality.
Both carriage bolts will angle downward when the sawhorses are completely assembled, and this is OK. Put two washers on the bolt in between the legs to allow them swing. With the miter and bevel both set at 17°, cut four legs (for a pair of horses) so that the finished leg has the same cut on both ends. Actually, it is the only foldable saw horse priced below $150 that combines even seven of the important features listed at the top of this page.
If the sawhorses are strong enough, the portable table can be used as a platform for tools like a table saw , although with caution if the top is not secured to the sawhorses. While some of the cuts to make these are complex, I’ll make it as simple as possible to complete, with detailed settings for your mitre saw for each piece. Set your circular saw to cut at a 13-degree bevel, and cut the legs to length at a 13-degree angle. The next reason why building these sawhorses is important to share is because small projects are critical to learning to work with one another.
To do the wooden sawhorse we’ll make 2 inverted T’s, which they will be the axis of the structure and legs support, everything will be always fixed with nails, avoid the glue so then the sawhorse will be able to hold more weight. I’m going to lay out the directions for you here, so you can build your own wooden sawhorses. Your sawhorses are now ready to use, whether for a construction project or table support at a local farmer’s market.
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. I figured since I was joining in a challenge with some other bloggers to do a 2×4 project, this was the perfect time to finally build some easy 2×4 sawhorses.
On one shopping trip a passing customer remarked, If you’re looking for good heavy duty sawhorses, don’t buy any of those.” I scoured the Internet in search of suitable sawhorses and still found nothing acceptable. Perhaps the most satisfying thing so far about these is that the last job the old sawhorses did was to hold up the new ones while they were being routed out, and the first job the new sawhorses did was to hold the old ones while I disassembled them. The Bug-Me videos show this in great detail and describe how to make a set of Saw Horses – the videos are worth their weight in gold! The best feature is they allow a miter saw to easily attach and are easy they fold up and store.
I’m in the same boat if so. I don’t have anything on which to build the bench just watching the first couple videos, so I ended up here, but these look a little more involved than I’m really ready for. During my career I’ve made many different wood sawhorses for different applications, and I still use them today on my jobsites because they are so versatile. Makeshift tables from sawhorses particularly come in handy when you’re setting up for a garage sale.
I decided to design this pair of sawhorses so they would require just 4″ space from a wall, the width of a 2×4. I clamp the tracks on to the sheet so both hands are free and if necessary can clamp the sheet on to the saw horse but that is dependant of the sheet weight. You could alternatively notch the 2x spans and slip them over the top of the horses too.
The compound miters make this one a little trickier to build than the others, but if you take one component at a time and label them as you go, in a couple of hours you’ll have a pair of sawhorses that your own grandkids will be proud to replicate someday. There are two time-tested ways to go here: the classic, shop-built wooden horses, or a sturdy pair of steel or aluminum saw horses.
I recently saw some for sale at a major lumber retailer at a very reasonable price—only six times as much as you would pay for the materials to build a better one from scratch. I purchased a set of sawhorses that are made of pipe with a wood 2×4 on top that fold flat like a pancake so I can hang them on the wall of my truck, out of the way. Here is a link to the miter saw stand idea that I copied It’s also the creator’s site where I bought the plans. But since I hope some of you might build a pair of your own I went to the drawing board and made a quick mock up. This will enable me to share all the drawings with you and aid me during my explanations.
It’s also just a bit higher than the saw horse so you can cut into it without hitting anything you should not damage. These aren’t screwed in because they are meant to be replaced as you cut them with your saw while making cuts. Including setup, it took me about 90 minutes and cost me $50 in materials to make the pair of horses featured here. They are super lightweight, pack flat and have an abundance of places to clamp things — and if I need more places to clamp things, it’s just a hole saw away.
These are the type of saw horses that get thrown in the dumpster at the end of the job or more than likely left for the client. When we were building the deck for our RV, I smashed my finger immediately while stacking lumber because I didn’t have a lumber-stacking technique down. I then used the cut leg to mark the depth for the top rail and cut it on the table saw. When sawing wood on your horses, setting your saw to the correct depth will make them last much longer. TRANSPORTS EASILY: Our folding sawhorses fit almost anywhere in your truck, van, or car.
Admittedly, a set of wood sawhorses aren’t the easiest things to transport from job to job because they are big and bulky. And while you can certainly buy ready-made sawhorses at your local big box hardware store, you miss out on the fun and satisfaction of building a piece of equipment that will serve you for years to come. You can skip the step of cutting out the wooden top and just simply place the glass top on the sawhorses.
Fashioned from few leftover wooden planks and clasped with steel brackets the classy sawhorse table is all about versatility and uniqueness. There is always a situation when I need an additional pair of sawhorses for job site lumber storage, for a second worktable, or staging. I even try to glam my grocery list, so if I ever need a saw horse, you know what I’m doing!
I had to build some fence panels for our raised beds and since I had all the tools out decided to cut the pieces for these. But at that price, and for the strength and durability provided, you could spend fifty bucks on a plastic folding table, which would have a lot more uses. A pair of sawhorses can also be used to make a makeshift work table or scaffold. When he’s not busy adjusting spines, you can find him assembling wine racks for his friends and family (probably using his favorite sawhorses). Made a couple extra sawhorses for storing lumber off the floor with temporary tables. You can make the first cut with your miter saw set to a 25° bevel and 10° miter.
Similarly, you may also consider modifying the sawhorses if you need additional functionality, such as adding a few useful hooks to the sides of the vertical I-beam boards. Plans are delivered as apdf file, and include dimensional drawings, layout, and instructions for cut-out and sawhorse assembly. This will make the legs much stronger without adding too much weight to the horses.
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. In the great minds think alike” department, apparently I am not the first person to be inspired to make three-legged plywood sawhorses The design linked to there takes this idea, buffs it way the heck up, and adds a lot of interesting accessories. Some sawhorses have a shelf and some fold up, but Jeb’s design combines both features.
A few shop-made sawhorses and shop stools should be among the first woodworking projects that a beginner takes on Within the wide variety of woodworking videos available on the Woodworkers Guild of America site, this handy video offers one of the most useful projects for your shop. At HideAHorse all materials used in our foldable saw horses are sourced in the USA.
Simply figure the length of the legs to what you want, and cut the top and bottom at 15-degrees with your saw set at a 15-degree angle. The horizontal top of the I gives you an easy way to line up the legs and get them square when you are bolting it together. I now keep a pair of these saw horses in my tool trailer and they travel with me. I never leave them on a job site unattended, their too nice and their sturdy aluminum legs would start walking away if I did!