A Sawhorse: How to Build a Silent Partner

Shop made sawhorse

We don’t have to tell you how handy sawhorses are in the shop. They act like silent partners, assisting us whenever we need extra support.

This design comes from James Krenov, and it’s simple yet quite ingenious. While studying at Rosewood Studio I made them not only as a shop aid but also as a way to reinforce lessons in joinery.

A-frame-style sawhorses have a tendency to splay with heavier loads and don’t always store neatly out of the way. This one is made mostly from 1″ by 3″-wide stock. Hardwoods such as maple or white ash work best, take all the abuse we are going to throw at it and don’t cost an arm or a leg.

Shop made sawhorse
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