A selection of new and traditional designs for sawhorses that are easy to build, strong and lightweight.
Synopsis: A survey of variations on the basic sawhorse, including specialized or unique designs from veteran carpenters such as Larry Haun and Jim Tolpin. Also included are designs for folding and knockdown sawhorses. Some can be built in just a few minutes.
You can tell a lot about a carpenter by his sawhorses. Having said that, let me confess that I own a set of sawhorses that is falling apart. Inherited along with the first “fixer-upper” house I ever bought, they wobble like drunken cowboys, the legs have been shortened more than once to get rid of rot, and I’m constantly pounding their loose nails back into place. I’m reluctant to toss them because they’re still useful, despite the abuse and neglect that have been heaped on them over the years. Sometimes sawhorses just don’t get treated very well. I’ve seen horses holding up a load of 3/4-in. plywood with…