knock-down "shop-horses"

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Project by larryw posted 01-05-2016 04:31 AM 1080 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little project is something I’ve been wanting to build for a while now, and working in a small shop requires one to save space , and reduce the foot print of each tool when you can. Almost all of my large machines are on rolling stands , as well as some of my cabinets. No matter what size shop you have , it seems there is always a need for lots of horizontal space , and not having room for large infeed/outfeed tables to break down sheet goods on my table saw , I needed a way to do this using my festool tracksaw, so I decided to build some type of saw horse to do this , and something that could be stored away with out taking up floor space. I’ve seen all types of folding and collapsible saw horses that others have made , some just using butt hinges to create a folding panel , and that’s okay, but I wanted something a little nicer than carpenter style horses , something that could easily and quickly be assembled or disassembled , and to that end this is what I came up with. I decided on a different approach by making end panels using 3/4’’ birch plywood , with a locking bottom panel made from 1/2’’ birch plywood that acts as a stretcher, the top beam or rail is made from two pieces of laminated red oak , and locks into the top of the panel , the “x” brace helps prevent any lateral movement. All the plywood panels are edged in red oak. All the parts fit together with a compression fit , and takes only about one minute per horse to assemble or disassemble. The end panels angle in at 2 degrees for stability , therefore all the joints had to be made to accommodate this angle. I also made two support beams that lock on to the horse top rail to keep any plywood being processed dead flat , the beams are super strong and flat, made from 1/2” birch plywood using the torsion box method of construction , I could also use this as an assembly table by simply using a piece of MDF or plywood as a top. I have yet to make the hangers and brackets that will be used to store them on the wall , but I’ll get to that soon. Thanks for looking

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#1 posted 01-05-2016 01:27 PM

Very nice Larry, These may be some of the finest saw horses I have ever seen. I guess it goes without saying you follow the mantra that if your going to do something, do it well.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#2 posted 01-05-2016 01:37 PM

Very cool idea.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 01-05-2016 02:26 PM

Lovely things!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#4 posted 01-07-2016 11:55 PM

Larry these are way past what I normally think of as saw horse & obviously the work of a craftsman, a pretty cool accessory for any shop very well done indeed

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 01-08-2016 02:45 AM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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