Last Updated on 1 year by Mike Steffens

What is a sawhorse? I guess this question is swirling in your mind. Right? That’s the reason you are here. Then let’s meet your query. 

A sawhorse is a four-legged support frame. This support is mainly used for sawing purposes. However, you can use it at home for your regular DIY work such as painting doors, sewing, etc. 

You know it is a handy tool that helps you to work conveniently and effortlessly. Surely, it will increase your productivity rather than any other support giving tools. 

In this article, we will try to give you a clear concept about a sawhorse and the using process of a sawhorse. Believe me, after reading this article, you will get all the information that you are looking for. 

So, why late? Let’s jump in. 

What Is A Sawhorse

What is a sawhorse?

A sawhorse is wooden, metal, or plastic built and basically works as support when anyone wants to cut any material with a saw or any other tools. You can simply cut anything just placing the material over the sawhorse. 

Wooden and metal sawhorses are more durable than plastic sawhorses. However, in plastic sawhorses, you can easily adjust the height of the sawhorse according to your needs. You can even fold it effortlessly and store it anywhere in your house as well. 

Types of sawhorse:

From the introduction of the sawhorse, I think you have got an idea of how many types of sawhorse are actually available in the market. Yes, you are absolutely right. There are actually three types of sawhorse available in the market. They are: 

  • Wooden sawhorses
  • Metal sawhorses
  • Plastic sawhorses

Now, let’s see what the core advantages and disadvantages of these three types of sawhorses are.

Wooden Sawhorse: The mentionable advantage of a wooden sawhorse is you can easily make it at home. You just need some woods and a few basic tools if you want to make it by yourself. It’s really inexpensive, affordable, and easily transportable. 

Metal Sawhorse: if you want a more durable sawhorse, then metal sawhorses will be the best choice for you. It takes heavier weight than any other sawhorses. And due to brackets attached to the joint of the sawhorse, you can easily fold it. 

However, transportation is quite difficult for a metal sawhorse because of it’s heavier weight. The price of metal built sawhorses is relatively higher than the other sawhorses. 

Plastic Sawhorse: When a sawhorse is built with plastic, of course, you will get some extra advantage than the other sawhorses. A plastic built sawhorse is really inexpensive, light in weight, and easy to move. 

However, unfortunately, there are some disadvantages also. It can not support you properly if you work with heavier materials. And sometimes it creates a few problems due to extremely warm weather conditions.

Do not fully rely on a plastic sawhorse. Take a backup if you have any confusion about the capacity of the sawhorse. 

Uses of a sawhorse 

If you work as a carpenter, then obviously the usage of a sawhorse is beyond description. When you have a sawhorse, you can use it in your different projects at home and job place. 

You know all the people are not blessed with a large working table to cut their woods. If you don’t have enough space to set a large working table, then a pair of sawhorse is the best solution for you. 

In fact, due to their foldable and adjustable feature, you can set it anywhere you need it. It takes a small space to set. That’s why people choose sawhorses rather than the large working table. 

How to use a sawhorse

Actually, you know the process of using a sawhorse is really simple. Take the pair of the sawhorses and set them by leaving a certain distance between them. Set them according to the size of your workpiece. 

If the workpiece is small in size, set the pair of sawhorses closely. Set the sawhorses at a certain distance when the workpiece is larger in size. To ensure whether the sawhorses support the workpiece properly, place the end of the workpiece over the sawhorse. 

What Is A Sawhorse

Note that, do not place the last edge of the workpiece over the sawhorses. Because it will slip or fall down in the time of working. If you use sawhorses instead of the working table, then you have the scope to use as many sawhorses as you need to support your workpieces. 

As I mentioned above, you can easily adjust the height of the sawhorse if you are a  plastic sawhorse user. That’s why people recommend plastic sawhorses more. 

It will be more helpful for you if you place a rigid foam on top of the sawhorses. This foam is also affordable and you will get additional support from it. 

You will get an additional space between the legs of the sawhorses for storing the important things that you need in the time of working. When you built a wooden sawhorse at home, just cut another piece of wood. And attach it between the cross brace of the sawhorse legs. 

Do you know how to make wooden sawhorses at home? Follow this article to know the process. 

“How To Make Wooden Saw Horses.”

That’s all about a sawhorse. 

Final verdict

To sum up, it is needless to say that sawhorses are really convenient and effective tools. Nowadays, a lot of tools grab the attention of the user, and sawhorses take the top position. 

It takes a small space to set up and you can easily set it anywhere in your home and your job place. 

Hopefully, from this article, you’ve got a clear idea about what is a sawhorse and how to use it. 

So, purchase it and enjoy it! 


I have a Tools store located in Florida. My Dad has started this store in 1975 and Now I'm the owner of the store. I know almost everything about the tools that’s why I provide tools tips and reviews for my reader.

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