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advice for a simple sturdy saw horse design, please?? Answered

Having recently moved into a new home, I should get down and try some simple DIY for myself without having to book the handyman.  First thing I should make is a work bench, or a saw bench (hand saw only)

I searched for sawhorses and found several, but: I have a lower-spine injury that means I can't bend too much or for too long; I don't have much back, shoulder or arm strength, so sawing is an ordeal - more of an ordeal is trying to keep the damn wood still - at the moment it skates all over the place, i can't even cut 1x1s.  So I'd need to fit something that'd hold the wood still and be able to use both hands on the saw.  

Would anyone have any ideas?  maybe a slight tweak to an existing model that would help me?  I'd want to cut flat wood later, but at the moment I need to cut the frames, 1x1s and 2d2s.

I'd love to have a table saw, it'd be so much easier to cut with, but ... I'm also visually impaired and have never used a power tool other than a drill, and I sort of like my fingers where they are, attached to my hand!  And my vision also don't help me to get a good position to saw effectively; i have to get close to see what i'm doing.

So really, I need a sawhorse high enough that i don't have to bend too much, but low enough that I can put what weight i have into my shoulder.  Know I'm asking a lot, but does anyone have any [polite!!!] suggestions?

Thanks

HelenaTroy

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HelenaTroy

4 years ago

thanks for the links and advice! I'll be checking them all out.

I'm not sure about power tools, never having used one other than a drill, and I'm not sure of my ability to use one safely, given my vision. I'd love a power saw! but it'd have to be so guarded that there'd be little room to cut anything bigger than a matchstick!

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rickharrisHelenaTroy

Answer 4 years ago

Use what your comfortable with - For many years craftsmen (and Women) made everything with hand tools. We have become lazy.

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HelenaTroyrickharris

Answer 2 years ago

It's not that I don't want to use hand tools, but I'm visually impaired and have a back injury that had knock-on effects on my arms and shoulders: I simply have very little physical strength, even if I could see what I was doing!

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rickharrisHelenaTroy

Answer 2 years ago

Hello, Long time to reply! I see that you have managed to sort out a work mate. Hopefully your still in possession of all your fingers.

A miter box will help you stay on track. Possibly a chop saw - a kind of circular saw in a frame could be useable for you. Really only you can decide on that.

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HelenaTroympilchfamily

Answer 2 years ago

I'm visually impaired and have never used power tools before, apart from an electric drill. I doubt whether this is a good time to start experimenting with power saws and the like: I like my fingers where they are, attached to my hands!

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HelenaTroy

4 years ago

Thank you all for your helpful suggestions. I went to B+Q yesterday and bought a small workmate-type thing (a real Workmate is a brand name and costs more!). I'll get the mitre box and tenon saws next time, but for now, just being able to hold wood still while it's sawn will be a bonus!

I have a sort of idea for a "safe table saw", not being even slightly techy I don't know if it'll work at all, but I need to try to get some firm idea, or at least a coherent description of what I have in mind.

Thanks all for your input, it's all very much appreciated

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Triclaw

4 years ago