My version of the "shopdog"

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Project by 29grampian posted 05-06-2011 08:58 AM 6258 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of the shopdog

It is as sturdy as my workbench.

It works like a pair of scissors. You need to tighten the bottom so the top clamp tight against horizontal throwaway 2×4. I got some ratchet straps from 99cents store. 2 straps for 99cents! You can use luggage strap, bungee cord, a rope with a hitch knot … anything that allow you to tighten the bottom inward against each other.

I needed to replace a post in our pergola. I used it like a jawhorse to hold the post while I loosen the bolts [video it wouldn’t fall on me.

I usually leave one sawhorse unfolded with a clamped on go-to mini table. (see pics)

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#1 posted 05-06-2011 10:07 AM

If you ain’t cheatin’ you ain’t tryin…

-- If A equals success, then the formula is, A = X + Y + Z, Where X is work, Y is play, And Z is keep your mouth shut." -Albert Einstein.

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#2 posted 05-07-2011 06:47 AM

I built three sets of three different sizes of these. They work great and fold up nicely to save space. As a bonus the smallest nests into the biggest. I was too cheap for cinch straps so I just used lengths of 5/16” rope with knots. Took me a few minutes to figure out how to make them snug on the beam every time. I also ran a round-over bit on all corners of the top bar. Nice and comfy to pick up now.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#3 posted 05-07-2011 11:23 PM

It looks like if you move the horizontal brace (with the masking tape) all the way up against the opposing legs, it will serve as a stop, and a rope or strap may not be needed. Cut an angle on that brace to match the angle of the leg, then add more screws to make sure the brace doesn’t come off.

-- Armando Senson, Virginia Beach, VA

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#4 posted 05-07-2011 11:28 PM

Great post…

My current shop dog….


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#5 posted 05-10-2011 05:29 AM

ajsons, I don’t mean to offend, firstly. But the strap on the bottom is intended to put tension on the bottom legs as if you were trying to fold the horse up, the 2×4 cross piece in the “arms” at the top is held there by the tension. The stop you mention would only prevent the opening of the “arms” but do nothing for creating that tension which gives the horse it’s stability.

Perhaps I am off base, if so glad to be corrected especially as I will be attempting to build a set of these.

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#6 posted 05-10-2011 09:59 AM

The horse works by tension so it needs something to tight it. A stop near the top (if I get the meaning right) would only stop the horse from unfolding out fully. You want to tighten it, which is the opposite direction of where a “stop” would go.

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