A (very) poor man's temporary "sawhorse workbench"

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Project by JaimeFoxWood posted 01-13-2017 07:09 PM 7012 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One never seems to have enough tools to build the tools that build the tools etc…

The workbench is no exception. Infact not having one is a pain in the behind. So far I’ve done most of my work on rickety constructions.

But I’ve just finished a small afternoon project that makes building a workbench a lot easier. Basically it’s a piece of MDF wedged inbetween two sturdy sawhorses.

It’s beyond simple, but it beats sitting on the ground, using a chair or the kitchen table (sorry Lisette…). It’s also far more sturdy than I’d expected.

As a bonus… Those sawhorses will last forever and were dirt cheap to make!

Everything was done by hand, and in doing so I learned a lot of new skills throughout the project; planing, dado’ing, using a hand saw to cut straight and at angles and most importantly, being able tot predict, with some measure of certainty, how the wood will react to my actions.

Should’ve done this ages ago!


- Holland

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#1 posted 01-13-2017 07:38 PM

Here’s another tip. Get a top piece that is a foot bigger than the saw horses on all sides. That way you are kicking the horses with your feet as you circle around it. Ten years of experience using a saw workbench speaking here.
Good luck.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 01-13-2017 10:47 PM

Look nice and sturdy, with the double top would work to cut small pieces off the end. Nice idea.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 01-13-2017 11:27 PM

You can build a fairly nice bench with 2×4’s and plywood. I used such a bench for a good number of years. It now serves as an auxiliary bench. It has two cast iron woodworkers vises. I love your saw horses. They look very sturdy.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 01-14-2017 11:34 AM

Thanks for the comments and tips everyone! I’ll look into making the top bigger.

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