Sawhorses are an essential construction tool, and this article highlights 5 of the best3 DIY designs, with complete plans, and two off-the-shelf favorites. 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! Nothing extra is added, so the creator has to make them beautiful with only the simple parts of the form. When I make it, I will basically use their idea but make the opening for a 2X8 and have blocks of wood that I can put in opening to bring it down to other sizes such as 2X6, 2X4 etc. The length and height of the sawhorses can be adjusted to suit the builder’s needs.
These sawhorses will definitely take more than an hour to build but they are included on this list as inspiration. Effectively learn how to make sawhorses and matching shop stools with this instructional video hosted by master woodworker George Vondriska. Make a donation – large or small – to allow us to continue helping families come home to New Orleans. Back then we called saw horses mules,” and shorter versions were called ponies.” We often made and combined the small ones with planks for interior work such as installing crown molding.
They’ll give some more structural support to the structure and act as a shelf so that I can sit plywood on the sawhorse in a vertical fashion should I need to. This makes the horses much more versatile. Here’s a little lesson for people who don’t know what a sawhorse is or does… Usually, you place something long across the two parallel sawhorses to provide even support on each end while you cut/paint/whatever that object. Set your circular saw to cut at a 13-degree bevel, and cut the legs to length at a 13-degree angle.
Carpenters use sawhorses of different sizes to stack and store lumber, to support lumber being cut, as an assembly table, combined with plywood as a base support for table saws or to support staging planks. Make a mark an inch or so from each end, and draw a square line to determine where to attach the legs, on both sides. When I press with my chest puffed up from a big breath of air and back slightly arched, the saw horses are not in the way at all. Then, using a 1-in thick block of wood as a reference, mark a line around the the bottom of the legs and cut off the waste with a handsaw. My father made saw horses once about 20 years ago, without the help of the internet or plans of any sort.
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’m tempted to make one of these horses to match my sawyers bench as a support for longer pieces. Go to any home center, and you’ll find pairs of molded plastic sawhorses that fold and store flat. You could get away with using a hand saw though if you don’t mind all that sawing. You’ll notice that you can make your angle brace cuts to follow the outer leg or revert to square. To make sure you receive our emails in your Inbox, drag them from the new Gmail Promotions Tab over to your primary Inbox. At HideAHorse all materials used in our foldable saw horses are sourced in the USA.
There are several ways to make folding saw horses, but I want to show the way that I think is the best and easiest. The choice is generally based on what types of fasteners are available at the time of building, since many people build saw horses on the job site. Again, I prefer to use the 3 inch deck screws but you can use nails to put your sawhorses together.
Check your horses to make sure the legs are equal in length and fit the ground evenly, if not, you can trim the legs that are long, making sure the top board is parallel to the ground. I might also try using a 2″ x 6″ board for the top to make clamping easier, and it would certainly be more comfortable to sit on! After cutting the legs to size, reset your circular saw to 90 degrees and taper the legs.
Keep in mind that when you make the angled cuts, you’ll lose a little bit of height. Here is a piece of scrap wood we had leftover that wasn’t good for much, but it was great for meh” sawhorses! What I found was a heavy collapsible metal sawhorse, a clumsy sheet metal model, unsatisfactory sawhorse brackets, and many flimsy, plastic sawhorses. 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.
When you are putting the legs on you can use a carpenter’s square to make sure they are square with the I-beam. To cut the leg taper, measure 8 in. down from the inside top corner of each leg and make a mark. It became clear that in order to get what I wanted I would have to learn how to build sawhorses. I never thought to ask him why, but his answer would probably be to make it easier to cut things.” I think it just didn’t occur to him to buy what he (believed he) could make. After the glue has dried, use a hand saw to cut the top of the legs flush with the top of the saddle.