Folding/Hanging Sawhorses

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Project by Ick posted 03-06-2013 12:04 AM 8737 views 20 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been interested in making some folding sawhorses, and as I’ve lined my shop with french cleats, I also wanted to be able to hang them to get them out of the way when not in use.

In reviewing Lumberjocks, I found that Canexican had something very close to what I had in mind. He called it the ShopDog Ultimate Sawhorses II.

The variations that I made to his design was to:
1. Use deck material for the cross bracing—this material is 1” thick versus the 2 X 4 that Canexican used.
2. The top brace on one side is a french cleat that can be used as a hanger (cleat points down).
3. I added a top brace to the other side that is an opposing french cleat, so that it can be used to hold the other side of the sawhorse pair.
4. Adding the hanging cleat (#3) necessitated recessing the bottom brace into the leg. The recessed lower brace and hanging cleat need to be on the inner legs.

The outer legs are on the left side in this picture, and this side has the downward pointing cleat. The inner legs are on the right, the bottom brace in inset, and the top brace has the upward pointing cleat.

This picture shows 1 sawhorse folded and hanging on the french cleat on the wall of my shop.

This last picture shows what I was going for, both sawhorses hanging up out of the way and only taking up the space of one.

-- Craig, Oklahoma

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#1 posted 03-06-2013 12:06 AM

Interesting design and use of space saving. Nice work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 03-06-2013 12:32 AM

Thanks for posting. Will definitely come in handy.

-- Jojy, Dallas

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#3 posted 03-06-2013 12:46 AM

I was looking at these the other day. I am going to make a pair for myself. Thanks

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#4 posted 03-06-2013 02:04 AM

Nice work and they look great on the wall. One day I plan on using a French cleat system for my shop, I like the flexibility.


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#5 posted 03-06-2013 02:24 AM

Good idea.

-- Byung Soo Kim, Seoul, S.Korea

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#6 posted 03-06-2013 04:11 AM

When I decide to build a pair I’ll buy the plans. Not that I can’t figure out how to build them, but to give credit where credit is due.

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#7 posted 03-06-2013 04:44 PM

Nice space-saving design! I will build a pair of these to replace a traditional set I made recently.

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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