These scissor horses are popping up here and there on LJ’s since their introduction. And like many, I thought… a great idea. I do a lot of work with molding and flooring here. I usually bring in my old horses, put a piece of plywood over them and set up shop where the work is. When I saw these horses I decided that they were a great thing and especially since I use a miter saw a lot.
To make the I actually started by outlining both parts of the scissor legs on a large piece of paper full size, as they would be in an open position. That way I could pretty much get the angles right. I cut one of them out and used it as a pattern for all the legs.
Here you see the horse set up for the chop saw. I also have a smaller top piece to put in so that it can just be a regular sawhorse instead of the long 2×4.
I mostly used scraps I had around. I made a table for the miter saw with a couple of short pieces of 2×4 and 1/2” thick scrap plywood. We have a salvage store in town that has inexpensive hardware. i.e. that threaded rod was about 2 bucks. Those locking nuts are $1.25/lb. You can outfit the shop pretty nicely with an assortment for ten or twenty dollars. Anyway, I decided to use a full threaded rod with large washers and lock nuts on the inside and outside of each end of the assembly. It makes it pretty sturdy and when closed makes a nice handle to carry them. I’m thinking I might, at some point, put a section of rubber hose over the rod to make a better handle.
You can see part of the nylon strap and buckle that holds and tightens up the legs at the bottom of the picture.
This is a simple sliding unit to prop up the ends of the molding as they are cut. The lower (plywood) part is level with the part that the saw sits on. The removable block (two pins fit in holes) are the exact height of the bed of the miter saw. All of this is just throwing stuff together to see how and if it all works. Nothing pretty, just functional for now. My plan is to have three of these. One as a miter saw stand and two for working on and planking so that I can work at higher levels. Nice design to those (or individual) that started this. Thanks.
-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.