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The Best Sawhorse for Female DIY Enthusiasts

Updated on August 12, 2014

Typically, I'm a bit too girly to be thinking about saw horses. However, since I'm currently helping Mr. Vix build a new front deck, I've had occasion to give thought to some more male oriented items.

It's not the first time.

The last time I had to deal with his saw horses was years ago when he was doing a different project. He had an old metal and wood set that I grew to hate with a passion. Those I remember vividly because I couldn't touch them without hurting myself.

From splinters to pulled muscles, those old saw horses tore me up. They were rough and weighed too much. Every time I had to move them, it was awkward. They were prone to rust on the metal parts and I don't once think I touched the wood parts without getting splinters.

I love these Stanley ones.

They were gifted to us by my mother in law. They don't weigh much at all. They fold up in a snap making it really easy for me to move them around where ever in a flash.

Better still, they are made of a durable plastic. To my female way of thinking, this is fantastic. Plastic means no rust and no splinters. Further, I can hose them down and have them looking like new in minutes.

Mr. Vix had some concerns.

When we first got these, Mr. Vix voiced concern over them being plastic. He was concerned that they might bow and not be strong enough to support the weight often required for DIY projects of larger natures, like the porch we are doing now. (Okay, it's mostly him doing. But, I'm on clean up and assistance so this matters to me).

Before I was able to talk him into gifting our old set to someone else, he insisted on testing the new ones. He placed a piece of plywood across each set, old and new. Then, he jumped on top of it. Literally, the man jumped up and down on it just to see if he could brake it. Typical male behavior.

I was somewhat concerned about what if it did break. I could just see him crashing to the ground, but no. Not a creek. It was great.

Bye bye boo boos.

Out with the old and in with the new. Space is really at a premium around here, so the fact that these Stanley adjustable sawhorses take up less space than the old set that seemed to bite me every time I touched them is just an added bonus.

While I'm not about to go out running to shop for sawhorses and I don't recommend you do either, if you're looking for a set, consider these. They are useful to have around for a variety of projects from building decks and porches to cutting the wood for dog houses, chicken coops and the new picnic table that I really want to build.

Image credits; Poetvix.

Here's a tool Mr. Vix is constantly using on this project.

He recommends it highly. He likes the drill so much, he drove to another town just to get it after his old one was stolen right before we moved. We're out in the boons now.  I really appreciate how this thing does not emit the ear piercing screeching noise so bad that other drills do.  You still hear it, but it's not as bad.

Makita LXFD01CW 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2-Inch Driver-Drill Kit
Makita LXFD01CW 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2-Inch Driver-Drill Kit

I have used this a few times myself on things here and there. I like that it's pretty easy, not too loud and does the work for me. I don't have to push much at all. I also like that it's very lightweight.Also very cool is the fact that it's chargeable and no one is chained to a cord.

 
Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Decks, Updated 5th Edition: Plan & Build Your Dream Deck  Includes Complete Deck Plans (Black & Decker Complete Guide)
Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Decks, Updated 5th Edition: Plan & Build Your Dream Deck Includes Complete Deck Plans (Black & Decker Complete Guide)

Do you need some ideas? Want to see a bunch of plans that you can replicate?I love looking through such books for inspiration, tips and new tricks.

 

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As you can see, they are currently working hard.Mr. Vix putting in the struts on the new porch.  I can't wait until it is finished.  We are hoping just another day or two, if the weather holds.He loves that drill.Drilling Tip - Run your decking screws over some soap before drilling to make them go in smoother.  Mr. Vix says white soap works best.  I had green.Sometimes I suspect he loves this drill more than me ;).Get everyone in on your project to save labor.  Even the dog can contribute, or steal your gloves depending on which side your looking at it from ;).Next!
As you can see, they are currently working hard.
As you can see, they are currently working hard.
Mr. Vix putting in the struts on the new porch.  I can't wait until it is finished.  We are hoping just another day or two, if the weather holds.
Mr. Vix putting in the struts on the new porch. I can't wait until it is finished. We are hoping just another day or two, if the weather holds.
He loves that drill.
He loves that drill.
Drilling Tip - Run your decking screws over some soap before drilling to make them go in smoother.  Mr. Vix says white soap works best.  I had green.
Drilling Tip - Run your decking screws over some soap before drilling to make them go in smoother. Mr. Vix says white soap works best. I had green.
Sometimes I suspect he loves this drill more than me ;).
Sometimes I suspect he loves this drill more than me ;).
Get everyone in on your project to save labor.  Even the dog can contribute, or steal your gloves depending on which side your looking at it from ;).
Get everyone in on your project to save labor. Even the dog can contribute, or steal your gloves depending on which side your looking at it from ;).
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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @esmonaco: Oh, my. That sounds like a big job! I hope you post how it turns out :) God bless and thank you for the kind words.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I'm always up for DIY, soon I'll be replacing the floor in one of our bathrooms. I don't think I'll need the saw horses for this project. Great review!! Thanks!!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @WriterJanis2: I love the excitement of a total re-do. I hope you make a lens on it when done. It's always fun to see what kind of ideas people come up with.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Diana Wenzel: Big job. That's awesome. I'd love to know how it comes out. Best of luck!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      Remodeling a bedroom.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I recently bought the same pair of saw horses. Love them. I'm currently using them to build a cabin room addition that will be my DIY workshop (playshop).

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Merrci: Thank you :). He does that. I'm accident prone, so much so I recently set the lawn mower on fire, so he tests everything, poor guy.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Very good review! I don't have room to do much anymore, but always felt very pleased when I could DIY! Sawhorses like these would be great! It was kind of Mr. V to test them so thoroughly!