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I recently had a need for some sawhorses. I wanted to build something worth keeping in the shop, because I knew they would be handy to have around. I strongly considered Matthias Wandel's stackable sawhorses because I knew they would be sturdy and easy to build, but I just don't have a good place in the garage to store those. Searching around for folding sawhorses, I came across Canexican's popular Shopdog design.

I didn't end up buying his plans, because the design is pretty simple. All credit goes to him though. One of the beautiful parts of the design is that you can make a variety of attachments to use with the base. Pretty much any "2x" material can be clamped in the top, and when the top rails get torn up from use they are simple to replace.

I made mine from a few 2×4's with some 3/4" boards (from the cull bin at Home Depot) for the braces, to save some weight. All the joints are just glued and screwed. I figured out that I could recess the brace on one side to save a little room when they are folded up. Of course, this can't be done on both sides or they wouldn't be able to fold completely.



I also came up with the idea to use a taut line hitch on the bracing strap (Boy Scout knots ftw!). That way, the base can be pulled tight which clamps the removable 2×4 in place.



Finally, I incorporated a french cleat into one of the braces to make them easy to store on the wall. This works great. They don't take up much space at all in the back corner of the garage.



So thanks again to Canexican for this awesome design. They are very sturdy and easy to build. As you can see in the pictures, they have already been used for their inital purpose - painting some doors with a spray gun.

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Nice job! Canexican's design has each leg on an angle, which adds some stability. Something to think about if you make another set.
 

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Hi supercubber, thanks for the compliment.

I thought about that, but I don't think there's any advantage to having splayed legs as long as the braces are joined securely enough to prevent racking. I could see a benefit to making the base wider than the top, but in this design the top can be any width you want. Mostly I just saw it as difficult compound miter cuts that I didn't really need (I don't have a miter saw).
 

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Now I now what my next project will be. This look perfect for the shop. Thanks for sharing.
 

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I'm glad to hear you think they are just as sturdy. The compound angles complicated the whole process! I'll have to try another set like yours.
 

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I'm going to paint my house in the near future and will defnitely need two of this horses. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Great…. favorited and will be copied. Tks for sharing
 

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Great job! They look really good and sturdy, very useful and handy around the shop or garage.
 

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I was thinking just to cut the legs as a simple angle then relieving them for the 10 degree cant as a separate cut. The bottom of the notch for the cross piece could be done with a hand saw or saber saw.
 

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Nice. I've got a couple pair of the folding sheet metal type I'd like to replace with some of these for easier storage in the shop.
 

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I was pondering how to use a cord with a toggle, a nautical style cleat or a loop over a hook, then I found your idea of the "taut line hitch". Thanks for sharing, I will have many other uses for this hitch as well!
 

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Thank you! This is exactly what I need! The idea is perfect! It would be nice to know the comfortable length of the legs for make my own. Can you specify? If very short legs, it will be uncomfortable to cut and back will get tired, the same happens if the legs is too long…
Many thanks and my greetings from Siberia! ;)
 

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When you refer to 2×4 in which unit, inches or millimeters?
 

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The tautline hitch is definitely an improvement over the tensioning strap in Canexican's design. One question: How did you fix the other end of the cord to the opposite cross member? It's hard to see in the pictures.
 

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Ahhhh, come on guys. Let's not rip off the dudes idea! Pay the man 5 bucks! I did. The instructions are very detailed with cut-out templates for exact angles. He put a lot of work in it. Our support encourages more innovation. Plain and simple!!
 

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thank lumberjock.com for the blog on the canexican's sawdog. I have been looking for a out feed table and folding saw horse. This design is going to work for me. thank you!!!!!
 

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Very late to this game am I. I tend to use a larger surface for a horse and am contemplating a 2×4 across the top, t shape…
 
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