Life as an Amateur Woodworker #68: More Saw-horses

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 01-26-2016 12:46 AM 1176 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Space is at a premium in my Shop, and having two saw-horses, albeit stacked, was space I could not afford, I also wanted some folding saw-horses, because I often find myself working at the Mother-in-law’s, and don’t always want to have to take the trailer, so after searching various sites including Lumberjocks, I decided on a variation of the Shop Dog by WoodshopDude. Making them smaller, and chunkier.

I started off by cutting the parts from 2×4, and the rails I cut down from 1×8s, all scrap left over from other projects.

Then assembled the two sides using 4” Carriage bolts.

To use the saw-horse you open it up, and place a 2×4 beam, the length depending on your needs, in the cutout.

I bought two luggage straps straps, which fitted, using a bolt to attach to one of the lower struts, these not only act as a stretcher when the sawhorse is in action, but holds the top beam to the frame when in storage. Then I wanted a mounting on the saw-horse so I could use it for my mitre-saw. I had a piece of 3/4” plywood, which was just big enough, so I attached two rails underneath from 2×4, one either side of the saw-horse rail, firstly I stuck them in place with my hot glue gun, then turned it over, and put three screws into each rail.

It is a snug fit, so does not need anything else to attach it to the saw-horse, I can now use this as a portable bench, as you can see in the photo I drilled a 1” hole with a forstner bit, to hang it on the wall.

or as I intended it, for my mitre-saw

I will now probably cut a longer rail, so I can add moveable supports to that, and use the mitre-saw to cut long planks., but for now this is ideal, and I can dismantle my dedicated mitre-saw stand which takes up valuable space, which I can’t afford in a small shop. My stackable saw-horses have gone outside, they will still be used until they drop apart.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#1 posted 01-26-2016 01:50 AM

If you didn’t use a strap I’d suggest cutting notches in the 1x lower braces and putting a notched (slotted) 1x to provide removable cross bracing?

They will last longer than you if you keep them out of that very hot sun. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 01-26-2016 03:01 AM

You may well be right Tom, it might make it more sturdy, but the strap helps keep the weight down, and doubles up in keeping all the bits together, so far it is working fine. These saw-horses hang on the wall in the carport, so out of the sun! :D

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#3 posted 01-26-2016 04:27 AM

You know me Always do it the hard way! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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