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Project by basswood posted 203 days ago 10719 views 165 times favorited 57 comments Add to Favorites Watch

During the past year set out to redesign the sawhorse.

I wanted to see if a 3-point design could be made that would solve the problem of the typical quadruped version that wobbles on uneven surfaces. I found that a 3-legged horse could be very stable.

The second photo shows how the parts were cut out of a 4×8 sheet of plywood. The photo also shows how the parts can knockdown, nest and pack flat.

I also wanted to use these sawhorses as both miter saw and table saw stands for a portable workshop. I created all sorts of components and accessories so the sawhorses can serve a wide variety of functions.

For instance, why should woodworkers in shops get all the really cool workbenches? I made a light but sturdy torsion box workbench with side and end vises that mounts on the horses.

Padded adjustable height work supports protect work.

Large holes allow for convenient clamping and hanging of tools with rafter hooks (so tools don’t hang on and take up the work surface).

-- http://www.basswoodmodular.com/Tri-Horse-Builder-Plans-p/thbp.htm





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cajunpen

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#1 posted 203 days ago

Now that is one clever design. Looks like it will work for you.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Picklehead

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#2 posted 203 days ago

Now hold it right there! You’re using wood that aint all there to build sawhorses that aint all there. I’m thinking you’re not all there! ;)

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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KnotCurser

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#3 posted 203 days ago

VERY nice design!

It looks like you laminated two sheets of 3/4 inch ply together?

I’m guessing four sheets needed – around $150? Not bad!

I admire the cutouts as well – keep the weight down where not needed and provide for clamping points.

I think you are on to something here – great build.

Cheers!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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juniorjock

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#4 posted 203 days ago

One of the best I’ve seen on LJ. Just wish the photo thing was working like it used to. Don’t know how you guys come up with some of this stuff, but I’m glad you do. Looks great.

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basswood

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#5 posted 203 days ago

Thanks Bill, PH, and Bob,

One sheet of ply per horse. I used 3/4 CDX at @20 per sheet.

I made them in pairs and used sheets with slight cupping and put the curves in opposition so they glued up nice and flat.

Best, Brian

-- http://www.basswoodmodular.com/Tri-Horse-Builder-Plans-p/thbp.htm

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basswood

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#6 posted 203 days ago

Thanks JJ,

I always tinker with things in the shop between projects and see what I can come up with.

Glad you like the ideas.

Brian

-- http://www.basswoodmodular.com/Tri-Horse-Builder-Plans-p/thbp.htm

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Jim Sellers

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#7 posted 203 days ago

great design. Simple and easy. Going in my favs. Thanks

-- J.C.Sellers

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basswood

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#8 posted 203 days ago

Thanks JC,

It is pretty simple… sort of the Tinker Toy of sawhorses. :)

-- http://www.basswoodmodular.com/Tri-Horse-Builder-Plans-p/thbp.htm

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Nicholas Hall

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#9 posted 203 days ago

Fantastic design. Orwell was right when he said 4 legs are better than 2, but you’ve just convinced me that 3 legs are better than 4. Brilliant piece of work. They’re cheap, functional, portable, and they look downright cool. Thanks for posting. Added to favorites.

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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Lumberpunk

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#10 posted 203 days ago

I am so making these… brilliant

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shipwright

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#11 posted 203 days ago

Lots of great creative thinking here. I love these as better horses but also for all the flexibility of function you have designed in.
Well done, thanks.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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LeTurbo

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#12 posted 203 days ago

Pretty cunning. You might need to take a patent.

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recycle1943

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#13 posted 203 days ago

I can see those at trade shows but being mass produced in a hard durable plastic for the on site remodeler. Very cool tool

-- Dick, Ohio

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khamm

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#14 posted 203 days ago

This is beyond cool. You should definitely take out a patent.

I could see Woodpeckers making one of these. It would be red anodized aluminum. Have built in scales on all surfaces and flip up stops everywhere. Cost 700 dollars.

Or Bridge City. It would be constructed from some exotic alloy trimmed in brass and zebrawood, featuring a built in espresso maker. Cost: just don’t ask

Woodhaven would buy the patent and make it out of laminated Melamine and it would have a built in router table

-- Keith H. I don't need more gadgets; I need more skills

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isotope

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#15 posted 203 days ago

Very clever design! I like it. Great job.

This is not my specialty, but I just want to mention that in general a patent application for an invention needs to be filed BEFORE any public disclosure of the invention is made. Otherwise, once the information is public, the invention becomes public knowledge (prior art) and you can no longer claim the rights. I bring it up because it may be important for some of the people on this site who may be thinking of patenting their inventions.

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