Space is at a premium in my Shop, and having two saw-horses, albeit stacked, was space I could not afford, I also wanted some folding saw-horses, because I often find myself working at the Mother-in-law’s, and don’t always want to have to take the trailer, so after searching various sites including Lumberjocks, I decided on a variation of the Shop Dog by WoodshopDude. Making them smaller, and chunkier.
I started off by cutting the parts from 2×4, and the rails I cut down from 1×8s, all scrap left over from other projects.
Then assembled the two sides using 4” Carriage bolts.
To use the saw-horse you open it up, and place a 2×4 beam, the length depending on your needs, in the cutout.
I bought two luggage straps straps, which fitted, using a bolt to attach to one of the lower struts, these not only act as a stretcher when the sawhorse is in action, but holds the top beam to the frame when in storage. Then I wanted a mounting on the saw-horse so I could use it for my mitre-saw. I had a piece of 3/4” plywood, which was just big enough, so I attached two rails underneath from 2×4, one either side of the saw-horse rail, firstly I stuck them in place with my hot glue gun, then turned it over, and put three screws into each rail.
It is a snug fit, so does not need anything else to attach it to the saw-horse, I can now use this as a portable bench, as you can see in the photo I drilled a 1” hole with a forstner bit, to hang it on the wall.
or as I intended it, for my mitre-saw
I will now probably cut a longer rail, so I can add moveable supports to that, and use the mitre-saw to cut long planks., but for now this is ideal, and I can dismantle my dedicated mitre-saw stand which takes up valuable space, which I can’t afford in a small shop. My stackable saw-horses have gone outside, they will still be used until they drop apart.
-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright