Shopmade Adjustable Sawhorses

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Project by TheWoodenOyster posted 03-24-2014 01:32 AM 6640 views 9 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Hey guys,

I made these adjustable sawhorses kind of as a project within a project. I have been making a dining room table for my wife’s parents out of cherry and realized that I just need one more horizontal surface to place things on. I am using my outfeed table, table saw, and bench, so there is nowhere to put the parts and pieces during construction. Luckily I haven’t banged up too many finished pieces, but there have been some close calls. When you are builiding an 8 person dining room table in a 1- car shop, it gets a little tight.

So, I decided to make some sawhorses to provide a staging area and some better assembly table options. I liked the Krenov style sawhorses, but I wanted them adjustable, so I came up with a design. The adjustability is provided by 2 part legs. The lower portion of the leg basically provides a track for the upper portion of the leg to ride in. Both parts of the legs have centered routered slots, where bolts can be tightened and loosened to adjust height. Pictures 3 and 4 best show how the legs function. Photo 1 shows the sawhorses at max height = 41” (for working on the underside of things) and min height = 26” (a good assembly and glue up height).

Photos 5 and 6 show the sawhorses with the top rails removed as well as a close up of the top rails. There are 2 sets of holes in each top rail so that the rails can be flipped and used either as regular flat surfaces or what I call the Rotisserie function for finishing large tabletops or doors. Photo 2 shows the two different orientations of the top rails. I am going to post on the Rotisserie function of these sawhorses separately, otherwise this post would have gotten too long.

They are made of some 12/4 red oak that I had leftover from a project and I knew I would probably never use for anything. So, wood was free, and hardware was about $20. They ain’t pretty but they are super strong, versatile, cheap, and effective. Exactly how us woodworkers like it.

I love these things, can’t wait to put them to use. Watch for the other post about the Rotisserie function.

Thanks for reading.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#1 posted 03-24-2014 03:30 AM

Like them and I’m looking forward to the post on the Rotisserie function.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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