Unique sawhorses

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Project by russv posted 09-22-2009 02:53 AM 12345 views 33 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my favorite sawhorse design to date. I know what you are thinking: “That’s not a sawhorse”! No, really, it is (and then some). There are several features you won’t find ordinarily. The main one is that its height is adjustable from 25” to 42” tall. You can adjust it to any exact height in between or use the pin, so that it is easy to match them to each other. They are heavy duty and will hold more than 800 lbs. of weight when using the pin. If you lock with the lock screw only, it can still hold more than 250 lbs. I use them as sawhorses, out feed stands and extensions for long stock. If I need a quick table, I can throw a sheet of plywood on them. With the wide foot print they are very stable and do not rack or flex. The adjustable shaft is made from heavy pipe and does not flex either. When not in use, they set close together and take up very little floor space. They were easy to build and were constructed from 2×4’s and 2×6’s and pocket screw joinery. I had the tubing structures built special for me. Wait till you see my shop cabinet and workbench with the adjustable height. I have been using all of these for over year now and love them. The uses are infinite. If you thought putting everything on wheels to move them around the shop at will was great, wait till you find all the things you can do by adjusting the working height at will.

-- where to go because you don't want no stinking plastic!

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#1 posted 09-22-2009 02:57 AM

i could see using them as extra infeed and outfeed stands…

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#2 posted 09-22-2009 04:12 AM

I agree these are Unique cook Idea


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#3 posted 09-22-2009 04:59 AM

super idea, construction, flexable, etc. I assume the bolts in the tops are for attaching rollers, sacraficial tops, table tops, etc. I think I shall build me a pair.

-- Abe Low, Fine furniture, Sacramento, CA

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#4 posted 09-22-2009 01:54 PM

NICE!!! I do believe I need a pair of these. I already have many uses floating around in my head. Thanks for sharing.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#5 posted 09-22-2009 03:21 PM

looks very versitale and stable.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#6 posted 09-28-2009 10:01 PM

Super nice and soooooo many uses.

-- "The worst day fishing is better than the best day working!"

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#7 posted 11-22-2009 05:27 PM

Very cool! Great idea!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 01-19-2010 07:11 PM

Great idea, and their being adjustable makes them especially versatile. Using a pin as a positive lock for heavy loads is a good thought.

-- Dave O.

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#9 posted 01-19-2010 07:39 PM

thank you dave,

i use these around the shop all the time. i throw a piece of plywood on them for a quick table (any height), or use one to help support a long board at the bandsaw, i attach a roller to use them as outfeed for my tablesaw. i have one hole drilled so it lines up instantly to the tablesaw height without measuring. I even use them in the summer to make a temp picnic table for large gatherings. list is endless. only thing i haven’t done is use them for is a hammock. . . wait a minute, i might be able to . . . can’t wait till summer now.


-- where to go because you don't want no stinking plastic!

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Dave Owen

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#10 posted 01-19-2010 08:23 PM

You’re very welcome. As soon as I saw it, I realized that it not only was a great idea – but that it would also be a good combination for the shop rollers I put together a number of years ago in those cases where a roller would work better than a slide. I made six of these from scrap lumber and stainless steel rollers I salvaged from an abandoned commercial dishwasher. Right now I make mine ‘adjustable’ by clamping a board in the bottom ‘slot’ – then clamping the board to my sawhorses and other supports. Making a pair of your ‘saw horses’ to go with them is very tempting.

-- Dave O.

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#11 posted 02-02-2010 08:27 PM

I like this design. I may have missed something, but how are the top horizontals attached to the metal tube?

-- Getting old is a good thing, but being old kinda stinks.

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#12 posted 02-05-2010 09:57 PM

a horizonal bar is welded to the vertical pipe to form a “T-Bar”. I then drilled a 3/8” hole and used carriage bolts to bolt the 2×4 to the pipe. The 2×4 has a cove cut in it to allow the board to set on the pipe a little better.


-- where to go because you don't want no stinking plastic!

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#13 posted 02-19-2021 02:15 AM

So, it’s 10 years later. How have they held up? Are they all you hoped? I weld so I was just wondering before I made some.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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