Saw Horse Mod // How To - Keep Workpiece from Moving during Cut - Woodworking
For those of you that have made saw horses, you probably notice the work pieces moving quite a bit, sliding from one side to the other. I've especially been affected by this and I was looking for a more permanent solution while also being able to still utilize all my platform space for boards. I've seen some folks putting leather or other material on top but if you want the wood piece to lay flat, I don't think that is the best solution. My solution allows you to place multiple stops along the top of the saw horse at different increments depending on the width of your work piece. The stops can be removed so that if you do need to utilize the entire space, you can, and then go back to adding a stop at any time. The solution can be put into place just by using scraps that you have laying around and I only used about a foot of dowel as well as offcuts for the square pieces.
I started with the strip of offcut, measured roughly 3 inches (the width of the saw horse) and then took them over to the miter saw to cut to final length. I took the square piece along with dowel and just took a quick mental measurement to figure out how deep i wanted to take the dowel. I then marked the drill locations on the stops and knocked out the drilling on the drill press using a 3/8" bit.
I took the dowel over to the band saw and cut the dowels to length, I believe i went with inch and a half for length. Before gluing the dowels in to the stops, I left them alone to use to mark the holes on the saw horse and then proceeded to drill holes. I was surprised and how accurate this process was. Off camera I also punched an auger bit into the hole to make holes in the wood and to center the bit.
Once I had my holes marked I used the WolfCraft angled drill guide to make sure my holes were centered. This is a really important step especially on such a narrow drilling surface, you want to be accurate. While there is SOME play in the drill guide it definitely outweights the risk factor of just drilling free hand. The downside to the drill guide is there is significant setup for each hole and since the Saw Horse is so narrow I had to use a clamp to keep it in place while drilling.
Now that I had the holes drilled, I moved on to gluing in the dowels to the rectangular stops then I was done. I let the stops dry for about an hour and then I immediately took advantage of this modification! Hope you enjoyed and go make some of these for yourself!
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