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Sawhorse Plans

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This step by step diy woodworking project is about sawhorse plans. Therefore, if you have a workshop and you like to work with lumber and with power tools, we recommend you to pay attention to this project, as it will show you everything you need to know about sawhorses. Generally speaking, it is a better idea to build several of these sawhorses, as you will most certainly need several when building or cutting something.

Make sure you invest in high quality materials, such as pressure-treated lumber, cedar, pine or redwood. Take accurate measurements and use a professional saw to get the job done. Always align the components at both ends before drilling the pilot holes and inserting the galvanized screws, in order to prevent the wood from splitting. Use waterproof glue to reinforce the joints. See all my Premium Plans HERE.



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Cut & Shopping Lists

  • A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 29 1/2″ long LEGS
  • B – 1 piece of 2×6 lumber – 48″ long TOP
  • C – 2 pieces of 1×4″ lumber – 42 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 20 3/4″ long BRACES


 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses


 One day




Sawhorse Plans

Building a sawhorse

Building a sawhorse


Top Tip: Building several sawhorses is a great idea, as it will give you enough support to cut and assemble large pieces of wood. 



Building a sawhorse

Building the legs

Building the legs

The first step of woodworking project is to build the legs of the sawhorse. As you can see in the image, we recommend you to use 2×4 lumber for the job. Mark the cut lines with a pencil and adjust the ends of the legs at the right angle by using a saw.

Repeat the process for the rest of the legs, making sure they are exactly the same one with another. Select the lumber with great care, making sure the components are in a good condition, without cracks and perfectly straight.

Attaching the legs to the top

Attaching the legs to the top

Continue the project by attaching the top to the legs, as shown in the image. If you want to get the job done in a professional manner. Use a spirit level to check if the top of the sawhorse is horizontal before attaching the legs into place.

In addition, we recommend you to drill pilot holes through the legs before inserting screws, in order to prevent the wood from splitting. Add waterproof, if you want to create a stronger bond.

Fitting the fraces

Fitting the braces

One of the last steps of the project is to attach the braces to the bottom of the legs, as shown in the diagram. In order to provide enough support to the sawhorse, we recommend you to attach the 1×4 braces to the bottom of the legs.

Drill pilot holes at both ends, level the braces with a spirit level and lock them to the legs with 2 1/2″ galvanized screws. Leave at least 1/2″ from the edges to prevent the wood from splitting.

Attaching the braces

Attaching the braces

Continue the woodworking project by attaching the braces to the sides of the sawhorse, as in the diagram. Work with attention and make sure you align the braces at both ends before inserting the screws.

Sawhorse plans

Sawhorse plans

After assembling the wooden sawhorse we recommend you to check if the components are locked together properly. Insert the galvanized screws properly, making sure they are at the same level with the wooden surface.

Top Tip: Don’t forget to take a cover the components with paint, if you want to enhance the look of the sawhorse and to make it stand out. Use glue to lock the components into place.



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