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On the job site, I often had a need for adjustable-height sawhorses. But, unable to find a factory-made pair, I designed and built my own a few years ago.
As shown in the accompanying drawing, I made them from scrap pieces of plywood, short lengths of oak that serve as the adjustable posts and 2x4 stock.
These horses are light, sturdy and easy to use, with the adjustable height held in place by 1/2-inch dowel pegs.
I can set up a worktable or support boards quickly at a wide variety of heights. I’ve also used these horses as out-feed support for my tablesaw and chopsaw.
To make your own version:
I suggest boring the holes in the oak posts on a drill press to eliminate concerns about keeping the holes straight.
I also used the drill press to bore holes in the column sides — stacking them together to ensure exact alignment.
The inside dimension of the columns should be about 1/16-inch greater than the cross-sectional dimension of the posts.
— Tim Snyder Newtown, Conn.
Tips & Techniques provided by Fine Homebuilding.
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