Sawhorses for the Shop
Three horses that cover all of your shop needs
Synopsis: In Christian Becksvoort’s shop, sawhorses are indispensable for everything from planning to assembly. In this article, he provides detailed plans and instruction for building and using three sturdy sawhorses of different heights and construction. Each one is built with furniture-grade shop scraps that can handle rough treatment; however, his construction techniques are simple and efficient.
Sawhorses are an indispensable part of my shop equipment. No matter what the process or project, I reach for a horse to saw boards, to stand on, to lay out panels and joints, to hold parts and to elevate cabinets for sanding or planing. I also use sawhorses for drill-press work supports, assembly, finishing, outdoor power carving and routing, changing lightbulbs and even photography. I’ve constructed a pair each of three different heights: 1 ft., 2 ft. and 3 ft. The 3-ft. set includes height extenders for even more versatility.
Sawhorses are not fine furniture.…