How to make plywood saw horses, southern living furniture project plans - Reviews

Categories: Woodworking Shelf Plans | Author: admin 26.01.2012

About a year or so ago during some project or other I decided I had the need for sawhorses. And then I found a great little post that not only tells you how to build a sawhorse but WHY!
After looking at a bunch of tutorials and reading about sawhorses, I realized that a good sawhorse is a perfect expression of unDesign. The Ordinary-The sawhorse is one of those forms that is so ordinary you might not give one a second glance.
History-Ask any carpenter… You will hardly find a more beloved piece of equipment than the trusty old sawhorse. Simplicity-A perfectly good sawhorse can be built with found materials and simple hand tools. They must be build-able using simple tools–a hand saw, drill, hammer and tape measure.
After I drove the first screw in I used my framing square to make sure the leg was square to the top before I drove in the next screw.
Legs done.  You can see how the legs sit just below the top of the beam and slightly in from the outside edge.

Here’s how the side supports also work like shelves to hold wood in a vertical orientation. I know it’s lofty thinking for something as simple as a pair of sawhorses, but we like to think big. I want to be able to spill paint on them, accidentally cut them with my skill saw, and maybe back into them with my car. If they can serve multiple functions or have some extra features that make them more useable that would be best.
It’s important to make sure the top of the leg sits below the top of the sawhorse so that the T beam will get all the weight of whatever I put on top. They’ll give some more structural support to the structure and act as a shelf so that I can sit plywood on  the sawhorse in a vertical fashion should I need to. My father made saw horses once about 20 years ago, without the help of the internet or plans of any sort. Nothing extra is added, so the creator has to make them beautiful with only the simple parts of the form.
I determined that I should place the top of the leg one inch below the top of the T beam to make sure.

It looks the way it does because that’s how it needs to look in order to function the way it is supposed to.
Regardless of your carpentry skills you can make a perfectly functional and useful sawhorse.
Some sawhorses are built on the job site using scrap materials and some use complex wood joinery and show the pride and skill of a master craftsman. You can see how the bottom of the beam creates the angle for the legs in the picture above. I cut the remaining 2×4 in half and slid it into these to make a support for cutting plywood. Because of this they are disposable and easily replaced when you get too many cuts on them from the saw. These aren’t screwed in because they are meant to be replaced as you cut them with your saw while making cuts.

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