|Project by morath||posted 04-11-2014 11:59 PM||5224 views||6 times favorited||3 comments|
Here’s my take on the “Shop Dog” style folding sawhorses. I built these by looking at the pictures that the originator posted on here and figured out the lengths and angles to suit my 6’ 1” frame. A sensible person would just buy the plans from his site, but I had an itch to scratch and a day to burn. My main consideration is that they would fit into the trunk of my Toyota Camry with enough room left for my toolbox and a few power tools.
The angles on the legs were cut with my circular saw set to a 10 degree angle with two 2×4s clamped together so that all eight legs were cut with only 6 passes. I got really confused trying to figure out how to cut all the opposite legs and wasted time by not realizing that they are all the same ( before cutting the notch that is ). It’s all in how you turn/flip them. Here’s a big hint. Place a cut leg BESIDE the 2×4 and just copy it.
The notches I cut by hand. I drilled the corner of the notch with a 3/8 bit and cleaned it up with a rattail file. The pivot points are 3/8 carriage bolts with two washers between the legs. The cross braces are screwed and glued. I painted the bottom of the legs with waterproof glue to hopefully slow down any water absorption. The top cross member stands 3/8” proud and is 37” tall.
These saw horses cost less than $20 a piece. The cheapest sawhorses at the local home center were $18 for cheap non-folding molded plastic ones. These horses are on the heavy side since there are three 8 foot 2×4s in each one, but I must say that they are the most stable horses I’ve ever used. They worked great for a recent bathroom remodel. I’d be tempted to make another set out of 2×3s to cut down on folded thickness and weight a little.
No, it’s not fine wood working, but you’ve gotta start somewhere.
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