How to Make Sawhorses Introduction | Paul Sellers
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How to Make Sawhorses Introduction | Paul Sellers

March 4, 2020


I want to show you something that I’ve
been using for 50 years or more I’ve made my first one when I was 16 our
first pair and that’s a pair of sawhorses like this one here and I’ve
used this you know a pair for on and off for years I don’t know how old this pair
it’s not too old maybe six or seven years old but they’re very handy around
the shop and they’re probably the most stable of all the saw horses you can
make or even buy they’re very stable you can get industrial models that are very
good but usually they’re made out of aluminium and then metal and with saws
and everything else isn’t always the best combo so I’ve decided this to show
you how to make the traditional sawhorse which is very different than a trestle
is just a subtle difference between sawhorses and trestles trestles tend to
be support work for making tables and stacking wood things like that but this
is more for sawhorse so that when you work with it like I’m wanting to rip cut
on here or cross cut a piece of wood I put my wood on it’s made for knee height
it works across like this and it’s perfect for cross cutting if you cross
cutting some sections of wood it’s got a nice flat soft and you can saw across
the material this way so that’s why we have them you can put wide boards long
boards short boards onto them and they work perfectly so we usually almost
always make them in pairs and then so I’m making as you can see I’ve got to
lots of material here this is one set this is another set there’s only the
only part that’s missing on this is the gussets which strengthen the legs but
we’re going to be making this using some joinery that would be almost impossible
I’m not saying it’s impossible almost impossible to set up to do by machine
because it has some very complex shoulder lines and cut but I’m going to
simplify this to where you don’t have any intimidation about it it’s going to
be so simple the method that I’m going to show you it’s the method I learned
when I was 16 and I’m passing it on to you so I hope you’ll make a pair of
these and that they’ll just work for you for the next 50 or 100 years

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  1. Hi Paul, given the number of people who follow you it’s worth pointing out that these are the traditional English horses but ones made with a wider top board can be more useful. Also if you make the top board of one of them somewhat wider than the other they stack really nicely.

  2. before anyone else has a little winge about it being 'sped up' read the description again! lol far out.
    i for one look forward to the comming videos on constructing these 😉

  3. Before anyone comments, please read the title and description.

    This is an introduction to a new series. The first episode start comes out on Monday 23rd April. If you expected to learn how to make the whole sawhorse from this 3-minute video then you're only going to be disappointed.

    This is the taster to whet your appetite. Enjoy it for what it is, then go and line up your tools ready for Monday.

  4. i am retired now paul.. but that is what my gaffer had me do on my first day of learning!!! and exactly the same design lol

  5. Thank you for this Paul 🙂 This is my favourite style of saw horse. I will be making these for sure and looking forward to still be using them in 2118 or at least someone might be 😀 Blessings to you all there ॐ

  6. What, no Kodak or Polaroid prints or 8mm film of you building them at 16 years old (1966)? Haha
    Going to be an interesting build series as we wait on the new in garage style studio to be completed.

  7. I worked with a guy who managed a very pestigious site project fitting exotic hard wood joinery. After site induction for the rest of the day all new guys had to make a saw horse. He said some of the attempts were quite funny. Anyway he was able to see who was a proper chippy right there & then. He said it was a big project & so he would hire in London 5 or 6 new "chippys" in the morning & then let 5 of them go in the afternoon.I am certainly looking g forward to learning how to make a saw horse in the proper fashion

  8. Can't wait for the full build video. Also, do you have a video on build a shave pony (shaving horse)?
    Or saw bench with the double top where you can rip a board down the middle between two tops?

  9. I was going to make a joke about how old I'm getting and I missed a few steps because the video was too fast. I see now some have beat me to it. Actually, Paul saying this was the real video would have been a great April Fools joke. 🙂 Looking forward to the real stuff.

  10. Paul I just want to say thank you for working so diligently in your craft and being so willing and eager to freely share your expertise. My good friend and I just purchased our first set of hand tools to finally get wood working and your videos have already been of unmeasurable value to us. God bless you and your family and keep up the good work.

  11. Is there a full layout for the angles you use? I would have enjoyed seeing more of the video. Thank you for showing us a stable sawhorse.

  12. This looks like an excellent skills-building project with a very useful end product. I will have a go at building a pair. 👍🙏🏻

  13. I’m 16 years old and an apprentice carpenter, I’ve been doing nearly a year now and loving it. I’ve made 2 sets of these now

  14. Thanks, Paul! Can't wait for episode 1… I've been wanting to start using hand tools more. Ever since I started blowing fuses in my workshop 😉

  15. Are you still occassionally filming at this location or is this an old video? This location brings back early YouTube watching memories of when i first discovered you. Is that a bit sad? Memories of watching technology. Now need to translate it in to real memories

  16. OK, got it. Thanks for this tutorial! The real problem with spitting them out at this speed is the strain it puts on you, Paul, having to design and produce a new project every few hours. : )

  17. Ta-dah! And that's how to make a vintage sawhorse. Did y'all get all that?
    ;-p

    Okay, more seriously, I'm looking forward to this project. I probably won't use it precisely like Paul does (my bad knees, you see), but I'm sure I'll learn something from it that I can apply elsewhere!

  18. Is it sawhorse week/month or something and I've missed the memo? One video here, Steve Ramsey is doing another, and Popular Woodworking magazine comes in today's mail with them on the cover.

  19. I would like to see it in real time. too sped up to see the details. I assume you did this to see who was really watching but if not I'm confused

  20. When I first started my apprenticeship at 14 with a master carpenter who liked to dress in old fashioned Amish like clothes and had a long pig tail and bushy beard…. he had me duplicate his set of horses and I had to make them in 30 minutes. They were 30" tall by 36" long with legs angled at about 12 degrees… and you could stack them together. 2 – 36" 2x4s, 2 – 12" 2x4s and 4 – 1×4 legs cut on both ends at 6 degrees. The 2 – 2x4s were nailed like a T, dead center and the 2 – 12" blocks were nailed on the bottom, dead center and flush with the ends to create an I beam. The 1×4 legs were installed on an angle, predrilled and screwed with 5 screws in a 2 up and 3 down staggered pattern so they didn't split the wood. The 1×4 legs were tucked under the upper horizontal top 2×4 which gave them a 12 degree angle. An 8" rip of 1/2" plywood, cut at the same angles as the legs were applied on the sides, held down about 6" so they could stack on each other. The top 2×4 was countersunk 3/4" deep to avoid a sawblade and had 4 – 3" screws, so they could be removed and replaced. You could stack 20 – 2x6s, 16' long and stand on it and they wouldn't rock…. very lightweight too.

  21. One of these days please show us how to make that lovely tool chest behind you! I think I need one of those in my shop!

  22. What have you done waiting for the next step while simultaneously recreating?
    Write down in the comments

  23. I remember the time when your videos were really educational and fun, nowadays you've become too commercialised and based on keeping people on the channel just to keep them clicking… Sad…. Unsubscribe

  24. I slowed it down and watched it. job done. thanks Paul.

    (joke, obviously) I'm looking forward to the real-time version, I have a couple of cheap folding plastic trestles that are no good for anything other than the odd cross cut.

  25. *CAUTION* I built a set of sawhorses once… then I used them to build a Seller's style workbench, and now I'm a regular woodworker. It's a slippery slope. Turn back now before you've gone too far! 😉

  26. These and the Sellers style trestles are both useful and actually quite stylish – as I have heard Paul say many times in his videos "It's not what we make but how we make them" that count. Great skill building smaller pieces too for those of us that have never built houses or even sheds – my shed will be next, right after my workbench!!

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