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Building Sawhorses


If you’re considering making a sawhorse, sawing stool, saw bench or however you like to describe it, this pattern is worthy of consideration. Thanks to its very stable platform, economical use of timber, easy stacking and the chance to get your head around compound joinery, these appliances will be an asset in the shop. Last time I showed an option that would involve reshaping the legs or making housings with sloping shoulders, all solved with some geometry. However, there is a third way that suits the more practically minded like me and negates reshaping the legs or making tapered shouldered housings.

Sawhorse Angles

Making a pair of leg templates will help you to create the joinery required and visualize the project before any timber is wasted. I start by setting two sliding bevels to 20 degrees and cutting a left and right “mini leg” about 6″-8″ long, using the the bevel shown in the top of the picture above, to develop the lines around.

Sawhorse Angles (2)

Then place these mini legs onto the board used to make the braces, hold the legs flush with the front of the board and draw around them.


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