A saw horse is a handy tool in many construction situations. They can be used for support, as an extra set of hands, as a raised work surface, or even to create a makeshift table. Saw horses are usually made from lumber, but they can be made with other materials as well, including logs.
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Things you need
- Mitre saw
- Metal support plate
- Wood glue
- Power drill with screwdriver bit
Cut four sections of log that are each 3 1/2 feet in length. Look for logs that are as close to the same diameter as possible.
Use a mitre saw to cut a 25-degree angle at the end of each log.
Place the faces of the two logs together, forming triangular legs, Hold in place with wood glue and secure with screws. Repeat with the other two logs, forming two sets of legs.
Cut off the pointed end of each set of legs. Remove about 5 inches, creating a flat surface across the top of where the two logs meet.
Place a small metal support plate across the joint between the two logs and screw into place.
Building the Saw Horse Legs
Cut another log to the width you would like your saw horse or about 4 feet.
Cut a notch in each end of the log. Cut in from the end of the log and the side to remove a small, squared-off section. Cut the notch in the appropriate size to rest on the top surface of the legs.
Use wood glue to attach the top to the legs and screw into place to secure.
Making the Top of the Saw Horse
Tips and warnings
- If desired, the bottoms of the legs can be cut off to make them rest flat on the floor. The saw horse should sit evenly either way.
- When notching the ends of the log, make sure that both notches are level with each other. Cutting the notches unevenly will result in a skewed saw horse.
- Always wear safety glasses when working with saws or other power tools.
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