Sawhorse Plans

Five great sawhorses for your DIY workshop

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Sawhorses are an essential construction tool, and this article highlights 5 of the best—3 DIY designs, with complete plans, and two off-the-shelf favorites.

Tools Required

  • Air compressor
  • Air hose
  • Circular saw
  • Cordless drill
  • Framing square
  • Hammer
  • Hearing protection
  • Miter saw
  • Safety glasses

Materials Required

  • 16d nails
  • 1x6
  • 2 x 4s
  • 2-in. screws
  • 2x6
  • 3 1/2-in. hinges
  • 3-in. screws
  • 3/4-in. plywood

Sawhorses are an indispensable part of your DIY workshop. Here are five of our favorites, including some you can build yourself.

Video: How to Build Sawhorses

Project step-by-step (9)

Step 1

1. A Quick-and-Dirty Sawhorse that’s Rock-Solid

  • Buy two 12-foot 2x4s and one 10-foot 2×4.
  • With 16d nails or 3-inch screws, assemble the three boards that make up the I-beam.
  • Attach the legs, using a framing square to square the legs to the beam.
  • Attach the rails last — you’re done, so get to work!

Mark's sawhorse planhow to build a sawhorse

Step 2

2. A True Classic that Will Last a Lifetime—or More

Here’s a design that’s been around for a hundred years — maybe longer. It’s low, so you can use your knee to hold down your work. The compound miters make this one a little trickier to build than the others, but if you take one component at a time and label them as you go, in a couple of hours you’ll have a pair of sawhorses that your own grandkids will be proud to replicate someday.

  • Buy one 8-foot 2×6 and two 8-foot 1x6s.
  • Cut the top to length first, then taper the edges on a table or circular saw.

Ken's sawhorse planhow to build a sawhorse