Since Aaron and I were both working upstairs this weekend, we both required a set of sawhorses. However! We only have one set that was left in the basement when we purchased the house. So we needed another set.
Well! What is a wife supposed to do when her dear husband requires a set of sawhorses? She plunders the wood cast-off's pile, fires up her miter saw and makes him some.
There are a million ways to build a sawhorse. I like this one for longer jobs that require a lot of sturdiness because it is so solid, but it is a little more difficult to break down or store away.
It's one of the easiest sawhorse patterns because it requires only 1 angle size. It's a perfect pattern for a beginner looking to practice some skills because--hey--it's just a sawhorse. So you can use scrap wood and make mistakes and correct mistakes and it doesn't have to look beautiful.
Here are the pieces of wood you'll need and their measurements. The angles are all 17 1/2 degrees (cut with the wood up on it's edge...not flat. If you are unfamiliar with angle cuts, you might want to practice angle cuts on a scrap piece before diving in.)
For the angle cuts, I use our 10" miter saw (yes, this was my Christmas present from 2004.)
Bring the guide around to 17 1/2 degrees when cutting angles. If you are a beginner and have never used a miter saw before, you will be amazed at how easy this is after you have cut one angle.
If electric miter saws are a bit intimidating or not in your budget right now, try what I call a "muscle powered miter saw". It gets the same result plus a bit of a workout too!
I nailed these together but you can use wood screws if you prefer. I assemble mine in order of the numbers below but you can invent your own way as well.
No matter what you use, just try it. Get out the tools and work on it. Woodworkers don't emerge from the womb holding Sawzalls (except for Norm Abram maybe....) Everyone was a beginner once.