If you want to learn more about how to build a sawbuck, make sure you take a look over this article. I designed this log sawhorse so that you can build it in one day using just 2x4s and screws. You can adjust the size of the sawbuck easily so that it suits your needs. In addition, the best part of this project is that you can make the sawbuck folding, so that it occupies less space and so you can move it easily from one location to another.
If you want to get the job done in a professional manner, we recommend you to plan everything with attention, as to prevent costly mistakes and to build a professional garden bench. Invest in high quality materials, such as cedar, pine or redwood, as the bench will be exposed to all kinds of weather. Apply a few coats of paint over the components, to enhance their appearance and to protect them from bad weather.
- 1 – 6 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 36″ long LEGS
- 2 – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 34 1/2″ long BRACES
- 3 – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 36 1/2″ long DIAGONAL BRACES
- One day
How to build a sawbuck
The first step of the project is to build the legs for the sawbuck. Cut one end of the 2×4 beams as shown in the diagram. Mark the cut lines on the beams and get the job done with a saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper for a professional result.
Next, you need to assemble the X-shaped legs for the sawbuck. If you want to build a folding log sawhorse, I recommend you to drill a pilot holes through both components and insert a 3 1/2″ carriage bolt. Make sure you fit a washer between the legs so that they can swing easily.
If you want a permanent sawbuck, I recommend you to use 2 1/2″ screws. Insert at least 4 screws for each joint and also add waterproof glue. Align everything with attention before driving the screws or before making the pilot holes.
Continue the workshop project by attaching the 2×4 supports on both sides of the sawbuck. Plumb the x-shaped legs with a spirit level and attach the braces with 2 1/2″ screws. Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.
If you really want to enhance the rigidity of the sawbuck, you have to attach 2×4 diagonal braces to both sides. Cut both ends of the 36 1/2″ long slats at 75.5 degrees. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Attach the braces to the sides and lock them to the legs with 2 1/2″ galvanized screws, after drilling pilot holes. The diagonal braces will make the sawbuck really sturdy so that you can cut even logs.
One of the last steps of the project is to fit string to the base of the X-shaped legs. In this manner, the string will keep the legs into position and prevent them from splitting more than necessary. If you don’t want to make the sawbuck folding, you could use 2x4s instead of string. See here a step by step project about a folding sawbuck.
We recommend you to check if the components are locked into place properly and structure is rigid enough for your garden. Make sure there are no protruding screws or sharp edges. With this efficient sawbuck that is made from 2x4s you can boost up your productivity when cutting firewood. Any homeowner has to have one of these in the backyard.
PRO TIP: Apply several coats of paint or stain over the components, in order to protect them from decay. Check out the rest of the project to learn more about building garden projects.
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