Folding Sawhorses

These sturdy sawhorses will support a hefty load and then fold flat for hanging on a wall. They’re made with biscuit joints.

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These sturdy sawhorses will support a hefty load and then fold flat for hanging on a wall. They’re made with biscuit joints, so if you haven’t used a biscuit joiner, these horses are a perfect first project.

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To build two sawhorses, you’ll need eight 28-1/2 in. legs and eight 19-in. crosspieces, all cut from 1×4 lumber.

Set your saw at 15 degrees and cut the legs to length with the 15-degree bevels on the upper and lower ends. Also cut four of the eight crosspieces with 15-degree bevels along the upper edge so they’ll provide a flat surface when the sawhorse unfolds. Clamp the frames together with bar clamps, mark them for biscuiting, then disassemble them and cut the biscuit slots. Glue the frames together, being careful to level the 15-degree bevel of the crosspieces with the bevels of the legs. When the glue dries, attach 4-in. strap hinges. Expand the sawhorse on a level surface, and when the lower bevels are flat on the floor, attach a control rope to the lower crosspieces with screw eyes as shown. That’s it— hi ho slivers, away! Thanks to Marcia Roepke for this nifty project.