A traditional approach to the simple trestle.
When I was an apprentice, the old-timers I worked with referred to sawhorses as trestles or trestle benches, and many a new man on the job had his skill tested, and longevity determined, by the task of sawhorse making. I was given that test a time or two and had the results closely scrutinized by some good, but notoriously grumpy, old carpenters.
Spanned by a pair of sturdy planks, trestle benches can be used as work platforms (scaffolding), and as work tables when topped off with a plywood panel. The top members, sometimes called cross beams, and the legs can be made of thick stock when they’re required to support heavy loads. When used for scaffolding, tops are usually made of on-edge 2x6s or 4x4s. If extra stability is needed, tops can be made of 2x8s flatwise, with 2×4 or 1×8 legs.
In most situations, lightness and portability…