Knock Down Sawhorse/Bench

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Project by grovemadman posted 02-14-2008 09:35 AM 17393 views 30 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a quick and easy project that anyone can build. It will set up/break down in less than a minute, increase your productivity and when you don’t need it stores with a minimum of space. The part I like about it is you can use it with a board across it like a table or you can use it without if you need to have the space below open. Another great feature as the pictures illustrate is that you can move the two length supports closer together if you have a board that isn’t very wide or open them up to accommodate larger stock.

The leg dimensions I made for mine are 36” wide and 28” high. I used 3/4” plywood. I plan on gluing the legs together to make them the full 1 1/2” (right now I have them screwed) The lengths are 6’ long and I made my angles 12” in from each end. The more angle the shorter it will be overall.

I used mine rough today because I had to fabricate some pieces for a job I have coming up soon. I plan on sanding up the whole thing and maybe chamfering the edges. I may even throw a coat of paint on the legs as well. The whole project took about an hour to make and cost less than $30.00! Is it stable? You bet!
If you have space problems like I do this may be the solution for you – I know it solved a lot of my problems!

-- --Chuck

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#1 posted 02-14-2008 12:30 PM

Nice Job. Looks quite utile. At what angle did you set the cut out on your rails? What is the overall width of the leg panels? 2” X 6”s for the rails?

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#2 posted 02-14-2008 01:07 PM

great space saver

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 02-14-2008 01:38 PM

Hi Chuck,

This looks like a very useful project. I can see a number of uses for it.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-14-2008 02:37 PM

I guess about ten degrees of angle would be about riight, I don’t know cuz I guessed and used a bevel marking guage. I did one side and flipped it over and did the other side. Play with it a little Woodrat and see what you come up with. The plans are in Shopnotes #87 but you will have to pay for them… I didn’t want to pay so I just winged it. :^)

And yes Scott and Debbie you are correct. I’ll be using mine all the time.

-- --Chuck

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#5 posted 02-14-2008 03:23 PM

Thanks, I need this.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 02-14-2008 03:50 PM

I think I will have to build this. I just destroyed my low assembly table to gain back some space. This this would hang on the wall.

One idea for future versions and future builders, make the two sides of the support different lengths, say 20” and 32”. This way you can have the top of your table at two different heights depending on what you are doing. Then you get two tables for the space of one. Just an idea.

Keep up the good work.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#7 posted 02-14-2008 04:27 PM

Nice idea! Thanks for posting.

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

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#8 posted 02-14-2008 04:28 PM

I am currently examining how I could upgrade this for various height adjustments and a feww other ideas I have. Good Idea Rob lemme know how it turns out if you do it

-- --Chuck

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#9 posted 02-14-2008 04:35 PM

It’s not my Idea, I just saw it and it looked like the best option for my storage/space problems. But, I hope it helps anyone who uses it. Mine is in a crude form right now. I think the legs should be notched in a couple of inches to make it even sturdier and some cleats added around the notches on the lengths to firm it up a little more. I will say that after using mine all day I had no trouble from it, but there is always room for improvement…

-- --Chuck

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#10 posted 02-14-2008 06:13 PM

Very nice. That would take up very little space when broken down.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#11 posted 02-14-2008 07:54 PM

Great idea.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 02-15-2008 12:28 AM

I’ve been meaning to do something like this. I read in an issue of Shopnotes that someone routed grooves in the rails and fitted some t-track in them, adding to the functionality of the whole setup… that’s on my project list as soon as I move…

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#13 posted 02-15-2008 01:16 AM


Since I haven’t come up with a clever idea today, may I steal yours?

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#14 posted 02-15-2008 02:01 AM

Great idea Chuck. Thanks for sharing.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 02-15-2008 03:42 AM

I love all the credit, but it ain’t my Idea. I wish it were though, then again I wish I had a winning lotto ticket and a 200,000 sq. ft. shop too! :^)
Yeah Estley I read that article in shop notes too, I can’t remember which issue it was in though. I thought about making a top out of something like Poplar and putting holes in it for bench dogs and holdfasts. If I do I’m gonna make mine folding and use a few sliding gate locks so it won’t colllapse while working… now there’s a Chuckie original Idea for ya! I JUST CHECKED THE INTERNET, THE CUT SHEETS FOR THIS PROJECT ARE A FREE DOWNLOAD IN PDF FORMAT. Also they have several jigs you can make for this project for example a miter station and a benchtop table saw station!!! YOU’LL FIND THIS ON SHOPNOTES.COM – VOLUME 15, ISSUE # 87. Hopes this info helps you.

-- --Chuck

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