011 Rounding Up the Horses (March 2020)

In order to hold up the work bench I need some sturdy saw horses. The bench plans call for folding saw horses made of plywood but I will be making mine out of steel. Let the cutting and welding begin!

Cutting Sawhorse legs from 1″ 16 ga. steel, two at a time.

A simple jig to make welding up the legs easier. I will be making two 4′ long sawhorses and four 2′ long ones. That way I can use the work bench as a 4×8′ surface or two 2×8′ surfaces.

All the parts cut and ready to go to the garage for welding.

It’s a beautiful day in March! The shop looks a little empty though.

All the legs welded and ready to go.

The tops of the saw horses are 1×3 16 ga. steel. Using welding magnets to hold the legs square on the tops.

All present and accounted for.

Meanwhile back in the shop… the 4′ saw horses get fancy top plates with tabs on top that fit into a slot in the bottom of the bench top to keep everything located.

The top plates are split in the center and shimmed interdependently to ensure I can get the table top as flat as possible.

Using the flat bottom edge of the levels to check that the top lies flat. All that fuss’n pays off.

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