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Folding Sawhorses (with acknowledgments)

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Project by JohnMcClure posted 01-03-2017 04:58 PM 3479 views 17 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Searching LJs for sawhorse ideas, I loved Canexican’s Shopdog sawhorse design (link). A tensioning strap locks the legs around the horizontal member, making a rigid horse with interchangeable attachments. Take the attachment off and it folds flat.

I made my version this weekend, the difference being that my braces are 1×4s dadoed into place, so the horse folds up into an even flatter package.

(Tensioner and awesome attachments are not shown in these pics, check the link to see Canexican’s!)

The geometry at the top is tricky to plan and trickier to cut, but it fits together so beautifully!

Thanks for checking it out!

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail





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N2wood

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#1 posted 01-03-2017 08:48 PM

Rather than purchase another set of “plastic” horses I may just build a set of these and I like your modification for storage. Thx for the post and link.

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 01-03-2017 09:01 PM

Congratulations on this sawhorse; it will be a nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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Tootles

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#3 posted 01-04-2017 12:18 AM

That’s a really good design. And a good idea with the dados.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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ScottM

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#4 posted 01-04-2017 12:57 PM



That s a really good design. And a good idea with the dados.

- Tootles

Ditto. Built a set of these a couple of years ago. These were actually my first router table before I built a garage. I attached two 2×4’s to the bottom of a Rockler router table and those would insert into the horses. Tension them and I had a mobile breakdown router table.

I like the dado 1×4 idea. That would lighten them up a bit too.

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SirGareth

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#5 posted 01-04-2017 04:29 PM

Nice design! I have been looking to make a pair of folding sawhorses. Like many folks, my shop is tight on space and these would be a great addition while taking up minimal space. Thanks for posting!

-- Even if you fall on your face, you are still moving forward. - Tim, Southern California

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Lazyman

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#6 posted 01-06-2017 05:34 PM

These are great. I designed my own version that doesn’t require the compound angles to make it easier to build and it works just as well.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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jcees

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#7 posted 01-08-2017 01:58 PM

I’ve made these in three different heights. If you do that, adjust the splay accordingly. The shorter they are the more splay is needed to keep them stable. I substituted x-bracing for the simple rails which eliminates the wonkiness that you addressed by inletting them. Nice touch, slims them up a bit and does the job better than surface mounting alone. Nicely done.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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robscastle

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#8 posted 02-03-2017 09:44 PM

The horses look great John,

I wonder could you incorporate a folding tray between the lower cross brace?
I may have to give it a go and see for myself Great post!
A side question, is that some sort of reclining bike I see on the left of the horses?

-- Regards Rob

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JohnMcClure

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#9 posted 02-03-2017 10:12 PM

Thanks Robert,
A folding tray could be useful. In my build, the two bottom struts are not level with each other, but you could easily make them that way. And it is important that the tray doesn’t interfere with the tensioning strap (not shown in the photos).
Speaking of tensioning strap, I have used these with both a ratchet strap and just some rope. I may just leave a loop of rope permanently tied around the lower struts, which will hang loose when the horses are folded, and just twist the loop tight when the horses are set up.

No fancy bike there. In one photo you can kinda see a red tricycle with a “parent assist” handle, and in another the wheels of a folded jogging stroller.

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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Lazyman

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#10 posted 02-04-2017 02:25 PM

The tension strap is the part of this design I don’t like. it works fine so far but just seems like a weak link. I worry that something heavy could make it fail. I thought about making a pivoting tray or bar of some kind that would slide over both of the bottom cross braces to lock them together. The problem with that is to make it lock (pinch) the top on, it would need to be pretty tight which might make it difficult to move into place.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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robscastle

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#11 posted 02-04-2017 08:45 PM

OK got it. Its the folded jogging stroller then.

I saw a folding plastic saw horse at a worksite in Apr 2013 and your version reminded me I need to make a set.

I wouldnt go to the effort of the middle hinge just a side hinge so it swings down onto the other cross piece.

-- Regards Rob

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Bo45

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#12 posted 06-01-2020 01:14 AM

John, over 3 years have passed since you built your shopdog sawhorses. I am just building a set. I wanted to aske you a question. Did you drill the bolt holes the same distance from the top on both legs? I noticed on the template they are not lined up. Didn’t know if this is on purpose due to the bevel or what. But when I close the legs, cut according to directions, the notches do not line up. One is lower than the other—about the same distance as the bolt holes are from each other.

Any advice to a beginner would be greatly appreciated.

-- Bo45

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JohnMcClure

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#13 posted 06-01-2020 02:37 AM

Bo45,
I’m sorry the pair you made don’t line up! The dimensions should be identical, bolt holes the same distance from the top. I don’t know what template you are looking at, I drew my own (sorry don’t have it any more), but I imagine you can just drill a new bolt hole and solve it. Best luck!

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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