An Easy-to-Build Saw Horse


A good saw horse (or two) is an invaluable tool when making repairs around your home. These time-tested horses are ideal for cutting wood, stripping doors or any other project that requires a stable platform. Although several varieties of saw horses are sold at home improvement centers, you can build one in no time that will serve you for many years.

Things You’ll Need

· Five 8-foot two-by-fours

· 3-inch exterior-grade wood screws

· Tape measure

· Circular saw

· Small carpenters square

· Pencil

· Screw gun

SkilToolsGetting Started

The first order of business is to cut the wood. A circular saw or compound miter saw makes quick work of this task. Measure and cut six 32 1/2-inch pieces of two-by-four, using a tape measure, pencil and carpenters square as your guide. You also need to cut eight 30-inch pieces of two-by-four. These pieces will construct the I-beams and legs needed to build two saw horses.

Building the I-Beams

Build the I-beams first using the 32 1/2-inch pieces of wood. To form the I-beam, place a piece of the wood on a flat, solid surface so that it is standing on its long edge. Place the flat side of another piece on the top edge of the first piece. Align the two pieces to form a “T.” Drive 3-inch exterior-grade wood screws through the center of the second piece using a drill/driver to secure it to the first. Flip it over and attach another piece to finish the beam. Repeat this step to construct the second I-beam.

Attaching the Legs

Place the I-beam on a flat surface so that it is lying on its side. Align one end of the 30-inch two-by-four legs on the I-beam about one inch from its end. Tuck the end of the leg under the top lip of the I-beam and fasten using the wood screws. Drive several screws through the face of the leg into the I-beam body and lower lip. You can also drive a couple of screws down into the end of the leg through the top. Repeat this step for the remaining three legs.


This saw horse design is for light work. However, if you need a sturdier saw horse, simply attach a chord of two-by-four around the bottom of the horse to make it sturdier and able to support more weight.


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