Having just bought a house, I'm back in full DIY mode again. And as everyone knows, DIY requires saw horses! So knowing that I would be needing a couple in the near future, I sat down with AutoDesk Inventor and quickly drew up a simple design, based on timber that was in cheap and plentiful down at The Ply Guy.
And a few minutes later I had a set of plans ready to go:
- 1x 2410x300x23mm industrial ply shelving
- 4x 2700x65x40mm reject grade LVL timber (LVL = Laminated Veneer Lumber, a super strong engineered wood, basically thick ply)
- Small length of 150x10mm ply
$20 of wood later and I was ready to get building. First up I ripped the 300mm ply shelving into 150mm wide bits 800mm long for the top of the saw horses. Table saw made short work of that.
Then I made the brace under the top of the saw horse from the LVL. Next up some legs... these were a little fiddly with all the angles, but step by step it's easy enough.
First I trimmed them to length (770mm).
Then I marked out the measurements for the angles on the top:
Then quickly cut them out with the drop saw.
Next came assembly. The brace and top were easy enough, just position, clamp, drill and screw:
Leg assemblies were a little more fiddly and Rachel gave me a hand with the clamping and positioning. I positioned the legs at the right angles, then used some offcuts to mimic the top brace, and clamped everything down nice and tight.
A few screws later and I had some leg assemblies.
To finish things off, I held up the legs and lowered the top assembly onto them. Worked perfectly and even without any fastening it was pretty sturdy.
Rachel braced things while I whacked in the rest of the screws, and in the space of 2 hours, two saw horses had sprouted! Here they are the next day already being pressed into service: