Growing up in Iowa I took part in many useful actives such as gardening, farming, metal working, fixing mechanical items, etc. However, woodworking/carpentry was one area that I didn’t explore. I don’t know why. I had the opportunities to learn from the best. My uncle, Randy, is an incredible and respected craftsman who has been in the carpentry business over 35 years. He’s done it all. Anyways, I figured now would be a good time as any to start this journey and why not start with something simple, useful, and fundamental – sawhorses.
- Sawhorse plans – A Google search will turn up several hundred results. I chose the I-beam simply because I liked its looks.
- Saw – I chose to purchase the simple and versatile 7-1/4″ circular saw (Porter Cable)
- 15 amp extension cord
- 3″ wood screws
- Tape measure
- Phillips screw driver – I chose to purchase a cordless drill (Porter Cable 20v)
- Eye and ear protection
The amount of wood is dependent on the plans. The trick is to plan your cuts ahead of time so you can minimize the waste and costs.
If anyone is looking to jump into woodworking I highly suggest starting with sawhorses. It’s a small project that can be finished within 90 minutes. Additionally, it’s one of those projects that if you make a mistake it’s not a costly one. A 2x4x10 even pressure treated is less than $5.
There are two small items that I will change the next time I build a set. The first one is to make sure the plans are for stackable sawhorses. The other item is to adjust the height of the sawhorses to match my height vs the average height.
Lastly, once you have the sawhorses built you can graduate to larger projects, such as a flower box, that will put your sawhorses to good use.