Saw horses

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Project by WarMammoth posted 03-06-2009 08:29 PM 5730 views 34 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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These saw horses are made out of one sheet particle board. The legs are double thickness laminated together to give stability with a hole cut in the center to reduce the weight and allow you to easily carry them. Both the legs and the stretchers have notches that slide into one another and the notches are angled so that the legs can splay outward for even more stability. On the top side of the stretchers I glued a 2×3 with a dado down the center to accept the particle board. Notice the notches on the sides of the legs. You can flip the legs over to lower or raise the height to suit your needs. I currently have sacrificial 2×4’s on top to rip down sheet goods. I have attached cleats to the 2×4’s that hug the stretchers so they are less likely to move around on me. Another cool use is to create plywood bases with cleats for you small power tools, like a miter saw or a grinder or a scroll saw or whatever. Lets say your miter saw is attached to a plywood base and the base has cleats that hug the stretchers so you miter saw will be very stable in use on these saw horses and you can quickly switch to another tool when done. I am sure there are several more uses for these that you can come up with.

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#1 posted 03-06-2009 08:37 PM

These look really handy. Thanks for posting.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 03-06-2009 08:54 PM

nice looking and functional!

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#3 posted 03-06-2009 09:16 PM

Great design. How much does one weigh?

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#4 posted 03-06-2009 09:20 PM

Nice workhorse handy and easy to store.
Without the lower strechers, I doubt you can use it for hand planning, maybe.

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#5 posted 03-06-2009 10:48 PM

Really cool idea, I like the idea of rotating the legs for height adjustment. Thanks for sharing

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#6 posted 03-07-2009 01:22 AM

Very handy looking indeed. I think you just added another project to my to-do list

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#7 posted 03-09-2009 02:21 PM

Pretty cool, I made some saw horses for a work surface out of 2×4s that are probably less stable than these and 4 times the weight! Plus they take up a ton of room, i like your idea, now i have to figure out what to do with a bunch of 2×4 scraps!

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#8 posted 05-19-2009 10:53 PM

I have the same setup that I made with regular plywood. It is very strong, I have had 20 sheets of 8×12 drywall sitting on it for about 4 months now..and its not crunched yet…

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#9 posted 05-19-2009 11:02 PM

These are great ,they kinda look like Jim Tolpin has made.

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