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Simple design. Sturdy construction.

Every shop needs a pair of trusty sawhorses. I like ones that are easy to build and easy to store away.

Easy to make. All the parts are just home center 1x4s glued together.

These sawhorses definitely fit that bill, and nest together quite well, too.

Removable feet. Unscrew the knobs to slide off the feet.

This unique design is within reach of any woodworker and doesn’t require many tools to build. 

Stores flat. Hang the parts on a wall or put them on a shelf.

The wood is quite common—I used yellow poplar 1x4s from the local home center. You’ll need about 200 linear feet of 1x4s to make one pair of horses.

Knockdown Trestle Sawhorse Cut List

Overall Dimensions: 27-1/2″ H x 24″ W x 18″ D

Part

Name

Qty. for 2

Th x W x L

A1

Leg 1

4

3/4″ x 3-1/4″ x 26-3/4″

A2

Leg 2

4

3/4″ x 3-1/4″ x 14-1/4″

A3

Leg 3

4

3/4″ x 3-1/4″ x 6″

B1

Top stretcher 1

2

3/4″ x 3-1/4″ x 24″

B2

Top stretcher 2

2

3/4″ x 3-1/4″ x 11-1/2″

B3

Top stretcher 3

4

3/4″ x 3-1/4″ x 3″ (a)

C1

Mid stretcher 1

2

3/4″ x 3-1/4″ x 19-1/2″

C2

Mid stretcher 2

2

3/4″ x 3-1/4″ x 11-1/2″

D1

Foot 1

16

3/4″ x 3-1/4″ x 8-1/4″ (b)

D2

Foot 2

4

3/4″ x 3-1/4″ x 18″

D3

Foot 3

8

3/4″ x 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″

Notes:
a) First cut miters on both ends of two pieces 12″ long,

then crosscut them to make four B3 parts.

b) Rough cut four pieces 17″ long to make all eight pieces.

Building the horse

1. Use plenty of clamps to glue the pieces together. Place two clamps across the pieces to help align them. To prevent these clamps from sticking to the wood, place some small blocks, covered with masking tape, between the wood and the clamp.

You’ll need a tablesaw, handsaw, drill and a number of clamps. A miter…

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