Sawstallions - What are they and why do you want them?
Updated: Jun 20, 2020
In my humble opinion, one of the very first build projects any new hobbyist woodworker should do is a set of sturdy, versatile sawhorses.
They should be beefy, solid, square and designed in a way that they take up very little footprint when not being used. Do not waste your money on flimsy, big box store sawhorses. Build yourself
sawhorses on steroids with two sheets of 3/4" Baltic Birch Plywood or with actually beautiful Maple, Oak and Black Walnut (to make them heirloom quality).
And do not buy expensive folding metal ones - they are a pain in the butt to setup and collapse and a great way to decapitate a finger tip. Spend that money on some raw materials and be an actual woodworker and make something you can be proud of for years to come.
If you have ever watched master craftsmen build beautiful furniture (tables, desks, beds, etc) such as my absolute favorite Youtube Channel, Ishitani Furniture, what you will notice is that he uses multiple sturdy, shop made sawhorses all the time. Unlike a fixed size workbench, sawhorses can be set up and spaced apart just where you need them so you can easily clamp things.
You might want to go further than just plain sawhorses and actually add some dovetail grooves in the top rail and on the legs and bottom rail or add some T-slots and Dog Holes. Increases the potential uses exponentially.
Then make yourself a top and possibly a side panel and lace those with dovetail grooves and/or T-slots and now you have a workbench that you can popup in the driveway or carport or in an open space in your workshop just when you need it. Not needed, then just collapse it all in a corner.
Best of All Worlds, when it comes to Sawhorses!