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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 05-14-2015, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know exactly what to call these. Are they saw horses, or work benches or what?

Regardless, I have a need for a pair of them. My current project is 25 x 90 x 12 inches. Sooo...I need to lay it on one side while I spray the finish, then lay it on its back to do the same.

I have some left over plywood from previous cabinet builds so I plan to cut it up and use what I can. Note the final version my vary slightly depending on what wood I have available.

They should be easy to build. Glue and drywall screws should make them sturdy enough for this job.

While I was at it, I decided to make slots so a 2x4 can sit on edge and support something that needs to be cut like plywood panels.

Note that I don't plan to ever stand on them but I might add more support later if I don't throw them away.

For storage, I made one bench narrower than the other and shorter so it will nest under to other one. Rack 'em and stack'em.

What do you think? Will they work as temporary short saw horses?
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Hi Mike
Here is another idea for a work stool that is put together with glue and chipboard screws.

I have made my daughters one each a work stool and matching saw horse.

They both have purchased houses and are fixing/renovating as they live in them.

As I have been a carpenter years ago, in 1964 I made myself a work stool. The work stool proved to be so handy that other trades copied mine.
You can carry tools in it from room to room, stand on it to reach work and use it as a saw horse or work bench.
After using mine (which I still have) all these years I wouldn't be without it so I decided to make my daughters one each.

Of course the new ones needed to be a newer design and girl friendly.

My daughters being shorter than me, one very short as you can see by the photo's of the finished stools.
For the height of the stool I got them to measure from the floor to under their bent knee, to this measurement I added 25 mm.
They both say the height is great as it is easy to kneel on to hold there work and they can step up and down easy and safely.

The corners are rounded and all edges have a routed radius.
The openings in the ends cut down on weight as well as making it easy to carry long tools like levels.
Then I made a matching height saw horse.

They are so pleased with them some of there friends want some also.
Don't know about that!!. Had a business once, want to keep it as a hobby.
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Great idea, Mike. I especially like having the slot for a 2 x 4 to sit in on edge. That will make cutting sheet goods a whole lot easier. When I adjust my circular saw high enough to avoid cutting into my sawhorses, my accuracy and stability go out the window. This gives you enough blade depth to stay on the cut line better.

And the size is nice. If built out of 1/2" plywood, they would be light enough to move easily. As I get older, I find myself sometimes not doing things exactly the right way because I don't feel like lifting something heavy to set up an operation.

And I can see making 3 of them, one to catch the cutoff and reduce splintering at the end of the cut. Maybe even put 2 slots for 2 x 4's in the one that would sit in the center so the cutoff wouldn't fall at all. Nice job, and you continue to inspire me to improve my sketchup skills. Jim

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A great idea, as said previously the 4 x 2 slot is a particularly good idea. A while ago I needed a couple of saw horses and made them with 3 legs, as you will realize they don't wobble, it's just a bit tricky attaching the odd leg. But they served me well for years. Alex
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Thanks for the replies. Nice stool. I will report back when I get home and get them built.

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Adjustable leg height sawhorses is another option Mike. I have some metal adjustable sawhorses and they quite often are extremely useful... but they could easily be made of wood and made to accommodate an even wider range of height adjustments

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splayed legs/feet would be another option for increased stability......
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What Stick said! I looked into my crystal ball and saw someone standing on it... (good intentions and all that)
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Mike,

Made similar ones back in a previous lifetime that worked great. The 2 x 4 slot sounds great. I put a tray in the bottom of the smaller one for odds and ends or whatever. They still stacked.
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splayed legs/feet would be another option for increased stability......
I agree with Stick. If you are going to stand on them make the bottom as wide as the top or a tad wider for stability.

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