A sawhorse is a
beamwith four legs used to support a boardor plankfor sawing. A pair of sawhorses can support a plank, forming a scaffold. In certain circles, it is also known as a " mule".
The sawhorse may be designed to fold for
storage. A sawhorse with a wide top is particularly useful to support a board for sawing or as a field workbench, and is more useful as a single, but also more difficult to store.
A sawhorse can also be used as the base for a portable
work tableby placing a sheet of 3/4" plywoodor even a dooron top of two sawhorses. If the sawhorses are strong enough, the portable table can be used as a platform for tools like a table saw, although with caution if the top is not secured to the sawhorses.
sawbuckis a similar device for working with logs and branches.
* Devices resembling sawhorses but without the top rail are also sometimes painted with bright colors and fitted with flashing lights and used to block excavations or
road constructionor other safety-related purposes.
A device for
crowd controlin the late 20th century had the shape of a sawhorse made of wood. The legs are similar but rather heavy duty facsimiles of the hobby version of about the same height. The horizontal bar consists of a heavy-duty plank of about 4.2 meters (14 feet) long with printed on it in large letters: "Police Line - Do Not Cross". The wooden sawhorses, used as barriers, are slowly being replaced. In New York, for example, in 2007 only about 3,200 wooden sawhorses (14 feet long and $60 each) remain. They are being replaced by an aluminiumversion called a French barrier(in the USA) of which New York now (2007) uses about 12,000 (2 meters (7 feet) long and $70 each). Other cities like Chicagoand Philadelphiaalso use both types.
* [http://woodworking.about.com/od/shopequipmentsupplies/ss/woodSawhorses.htm Sawhorse Building Plans on About.com]
* [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/29/nyregion/29sawhorses.html Sawhorses used for crowd control] ,
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