I get my framing stock, all kinds, free.... in the dumpsters at
construction sites. Lots of other goodies, there, also. That's
That saw horse is not only heavy to haul around, you can't carry them
easily or stack them easily on one another, out of the way, when not
The ones I've made are relatively light weight, last years and I can
stack 5 high before they're too tall for comfortable, easy reach....
and probably less than $2 each, not counting the 10 to 15 minutes
labor it takes to make one.
"probably less than $2 each, not counting the 10 to 15 minutes labor
it takes to make one."
You sure work cheap. at $2 for fifteen minutes of skilled labor, it
works out to minimum wage. At $16/hr, that time would equate to Four
Dollars w/o benefits.
$1.88 in Pittsburg, Ks. Fairly good too.
IMHO wooden horses are too much trouble and too cumbersome. I have a
set of the good, fold-able metal horses and a set of the fairly heavy
duty plastic ones. The metal ones have a 1,000 load rating when in
their lowest adjustable position and they double as a base for my part-
time assembly table. All fit well against side of my pickup bed. One
pair of wooden horses will occupy 1/2 of the bed.
Don't swap end-to-end. The single leg /is/ the clampee for the sawhorses
below. Each adds about 5" to the stack.
The only time I've ever stacked mine was to test stackability.
I can't recall that I've ever actually used one to support material
being sawed - what I don't cut with a stationary saw usually goes on this:
Thank you, but you should know that I don't bother to take photos of the
things that don't turn out so well - or the stuff that's less likely to
My budget is pretty tight, and most of what I might otherwise spend on
"ready-made" stuff goes into solar R&D. When I absolutely have to have
something, I look for inexpensive ways to build it for myself - which is
why you see all the 1x4, 2x4, and inexpensive plywood in my shop
equipment - and since I can't afford to waste even that, I usually build
the stuff several times in my head and on paper before I work up the
courage to make any sawdust.
Every now and then, when I have time, I take a short tour of websites
belonging to regulars here, and I've never failed to be inspired by the
ingenuity and polish of the projects I see. For anyone who's never done
that, I think you'll find a lot to admire and think about.
You're right, of course. I was comparing it to the two plastic sawhorses I
use that weigh 2.5 pounds apiece. And upon thinking on it, I retract my
comment about "cumbersome." I figure you could disassemble the thing to
carry to the next job site.
'Course you'd have to save the nails, too, or it wouldn't be quite right.
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