Southern Yellow Pine Work Surface (workbench) #6: Reinforcing my old sawhorses

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Blog entry by ruddhess posted 03-04-2015 06:15 PM 1003 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m adding some reinforcement to my old sawhorses. I want to set my workbench top on these for a while and I don’t want them to wobble or collapse. I’m just using some old 3/8” T1-11 siding that I had from a long time ago.

Some small “A” frame gussets attached with drywall screws.

And with what was left of the siding, some 6-5/8” wide stretchers/stringers.

Line it up flush on the right, and whack the left side off. I’m using my “three drill system” – the old orange B&D for drilling the pilot hole/my grandma’s old silver metal bodied drill with the countersink bit/old green and putty gray B&D with the side chunk missing and the phillips bit driver embedded in the chuck (seriously, no amount of force in the universe will loosen the chuck, I even broke the chuck key for this drill trying to loosen it). Works good, except for all the cords going everywhere, but I’m used to it by now.

Stretchers bow in on this one. The sawhorse lumber is from an old chicken barn 2X4s and has twisted or was twisted to begin with maybe.

And a little bow to the outside on this one.

-- Rodney, Arkansas

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