Scissor horses are all the rage... right?

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 10-22-2014 12:13 PM 5692 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 10-22-2014 01:32 PM

Look very handy Dan…. I may need to make a pair, as my “good” horses got absconded for use supporting a bunny hutch :^o

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#2 posted 10-22-2014 02:09 PM

Looks like you are on to something. I once tried to use a single 2×6 to support a miter saw. I used folding metal legs on the 2×6, essentially making a long saw horse. The saw sat on a platform that could be placed anywhere on the 2×6. Also made support platforms that would fit anywhere along the bean. Problem was the saw wasn’t stable enough on the single 2×6 and metal leg combination. Toes looks like there would be less twisting.

I then went to two 2×6, or 2×4”s simply supported by two folding saw horses, at whatever length I needed. My chop saw is mounted on a plywood platform box with slots that fit over whatever 2x material. I also made out feed boxes that when placed over the 2x’s are at the right height. Went so far as to add another saw and outfeed tables to make wood siding and paneling jobs requiring different top and bottom cuts easier and quicker.

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#3 posted 10-22-2014 03:24 PM

Nicely thought out Dan.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 04-03-2017 02:21 AM

I may borrow your idea of using a full scale paper pattern. I plan to first use it to make an X base with casters for a wrought iron bar stool i want to convert to a roll around counter stool. I have been postponing tackling the task for fear of the angles, a pattern will solve that problem.

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