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Project by Sailor posted 1511 days ago 4945 views 17 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Check out the HOW TO VIDEO here:
http://woodworkingtrip.blogspot.com/2010/07/diy-folding-sawhorses-version-20.html

I have been wanting some compact sawhorses and I was tired of seeing everyone break their plasitc ones along with breaking a few of theirs myself. So I went looking around the internet and got a little inspiration from a video on here about a computer table built out of plywood. (I know that’s odd, but it happened)

I drew it up in Sketchup and then headed to the shop and this is what came out.

They are really great, I couldn’t be happier. They are pretty light, simple to fold and unfold, one piece, vesatile and sturdy as ever. They simply hinge under the top and fold up. The ropes keep the legs from doing a split. The 2×4 in the top is replaceable so when it gets eaten up you can replace it or you can put different boards in there for different applications.

I think they are great and anyone looking for a great set of sawhorses that are easy to store and solid as a rock will not be disapointed.

I’d be happy to redraw a final print in sketchup or maybe even make a video on them if anyone has trouble cloning them. Just let me know!

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! http://woodworkingtrip.blogspot.com/ Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SailingAndSuch





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1SGTBob

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#1 posted 1511 days ago

Cool idea

-- Bob "Every breath I take as a Free man was paid for with the blood of an American Soldier"

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OttoH

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#2 posted 1511 days ago

Interesting design. I like the replaceable top board. Looks like you should be able to use them for years to come.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#3 posted 1511 days ago

Yup, those look good. It looks like the 2×4 at the top is replaceable, which seems like a good idea. My plastic ones haven’t broken yet, but when they do I’ll probably make a pair like these.

-- Greg D.

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psh

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#4 posted 1511 days ago

Very clever!

-- Peter, Central VA

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docholladay

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#5 posted 1511 days ago

I like that. One of the best features is that they will stand up on their own when folded. I’m constantly knocking my plastic ones over.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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Sailor

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#6 posted 1511 days ago

doc,
The will stand up on their own when folded but they aren’t very stable. You don’t have to carefully balance them but you can’t do much with them. My plan is to hang them up probably. The reason for the new design is to have a good set of horses that would be easy to store in a enclosed trailer full of tools.

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! http://woodworkingtrip.blogspot.com/ Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SailingAndSuch

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Mary Anne

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#7 posted 1511 days ago

They look like great sawhorses. Thanks for a good idea. I’ll look you up when I break my plastic ones… which have held up better than several sets of metal horses.

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 1511 days ago

Super saw horses well done

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#9 posted 1510 days ago

Great work. These look awesome!

-- He said wood...http://hickbyassociation.blogspot.com/

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HokieMojo

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#10 posted 1510 days ago

I like this. The main question I have though is about the height. I would think that the height would be impacted by how far the legs open. If you use a rope, isn’t it tough to get multiple horses to a level height? Maybe it doesn’t really make a difference. Just wondering if you noticed any issues. I guess it shouldn’t really matter unless you use 3 horses in a row. Sorry, I’m just thinking out loud because I think I’m going to build this.

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Sailor

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#11 posted 1510 days ago

I think I have overcome that problem, probably not perfectly but good enough.

When I was tying the knot, I had a space in between the legs and a clamp on the outside to hold them steady. The rope was tied with a good knot that doesn’t slip when pressure is applied on it at both ends. A bowline at one end then a knot that I call a “tie-down” knot. The “tie-down” knot allows you to tighten the rope very much and secure it without it loosing much, if any taughtness.

Also, I used braided nylon line and I singed it with a lighter slightly at the knots so that they will resist bending and moving, theoretically keeping them stable.

I haven’t built a second one yet because I knew I would run into things I would want to change. Looks like I will be building another today hopefully. I will let you know how consistent it ends up being.

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! http://woodworkingtrip.blogspot.com/ Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SailingAndSuch

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Bluepine38

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#12 posted 1510 days ago

Great idea, I am going to have to build a set.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#13 posted 1510 days ago

Nice job on the replaceable tops. This way you only need to build the horses you need and never do that again. I like that they are foldabe for easy storage.

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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HokieMojo

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#14 posted 1509 days ago

Sounds like a good solution. Thanks for the response. I’m not going to get to build these for a little while because I still need to get my wife’s car into the garage for the summer. ITs getting awful hot for trying to load a baby into her carseat. Maybe I’ll benefit some more from version two as a result though?! Thanks for sharing. I definitely do plan on doing something just like this, even if I cop out and use a hinge instead of rope with knots. I wasn’t all that great at knot tying in scouts. lol.

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