After a long day at work and a rousing spin at the gym, I came home to this scene on our back deck this afternoon. Whaaa? Apparently Scott got a wild hair and decided to bust out some DIY sawhorses. Why you ask? We’ll, I’m not quite sure. I think a need to keep our new kayak free from any mud and an urge to be uber masculine may have contributing factors, but I’m glad that he did so I could share his little tutorial with you nice folk. The hubs has been wanting some sawhorses for some time now, but had a hard time paying for the fancy schmancy ones when he felt he could make his own. Well, give him an afternoon alone and a website tutorial, and we’re now the proud owners to two stacking sawhorses. Score!
This quick afternoon project takes about nine 2x4s, an electrical screwdriver, 3″ screws, a pencil, measuring tape, and your interior designer wife’s t-square. Oh, and tons of bug spray for your 20+ mosquito bites. Literally. The mosquitoes were angry tonight and took their vengeance out on my poor, tired gym legs. Now, Scott is a pretty handy guy, but he’s no master craftsman – this project is easy enough for any average Joe (or Jolene) to knock out in no time.
Mr. H used the online tutorial (complete with pictures!) to cut down his 2x4s to the correct lengths. Once he did some whittling and basic geometry, he had the form of a sawhorse in no time. We then placed the support pieces along the sides, marked their angles with a pencil, and sawed them to the correct size to be screwed into place (held my yours truly). We then alternated the location of the support beams on the other, slightly shorter sawhorse, so that they were on the inside, rather than out. This allowed for the larger sawhorse to stack right on top of the other sawhorse, making storage of these clunkers that much more painless.
Look at the ease that the new sawhorses stack on each other. Even Charlie is intrigued to see how seamlessly this is being executed. How did I get to be so lucky and marry such a handy man? After the saw horses were completed and ready for their debut, we moved them to our (rather unsightly) side area to prop up our fancy new ‘yak, keeping it safe from the yucky mud (Scott’s obsessive compulsion, not mine).
The saw horses serve their current purpose perfectly, but will also come in handy down the line for future home improvement projects. Next time we have to saw some wood or hammer some drywall, we’ll have the perfect little tool for propping up our projects. And you know we can’t complete a project without the obligatory cute shot of the pup, peaking through the newly completed DIY sawhorse.
If you feel like shocking your loved one and building something like this one random afternoon, take a stab at these easy peasy sawhorses. Just let me know if you get attacked by the mosquitoes as well. I think they’re out of get me.