Sawhorses

Sawhorses have countless uses in the woodworking shop, from table legs to tool stands. Occasionally it seems that their original purpose—to support boards for sawing—is only an afterthought. It is easy to see why sawhorses are considered so versatile, for their compact design makes them especially useful in shops with limited floor space. Some commercial models, like the ones in the photo at right, can be adjusted to different heights and folded up for easy storage. With commercial brackets (below), you can size sawhorses to suit your needs. The shop-made horses featured on page 119 can be disassembled and put away after use.

Different operations require different-sized sawhorses. For supporting stock for handsawing or holding large workpieces at a comfortable height, small horses about 18 inches high are ideal. Taller sawhorses are needed if they are to be used to hold up a work surface

This sawhorse features leg extensions that can he adjusted to a variety of heights. The legs retract into the cross-piece, making the unit compact and portable. A pair of these slender metal horses can support one ton of material.

or as outfeed supports for a table saw. They should be about lA inch lower than the saw table. Whatever the dimensions of your sawhorses, never make them taller than their length, as they will tend to be unstable.

This sawhorse features leg extensions that can he adjusted to a variety of heights. The legs retract into the cross-piece, making the unit compact and portable. A pair of these slender metal horses can support one ton of material.

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