The Best Saw-Horse Table in 2021

As you start to accumulate woodworking tools, one of the first accessories you will need is a pair (or more) of good sturdy sawhorses. Sawhorses hold lumber up off the ground as you cut, sand, assemble, and paint. You can even use a sawhorse table base with plywood for a temporary shop table. There are a lot of different sawhorses available, but how do you know which saw horse is right for you? Keep reading to find the best saw-horse table in 2020.

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The three most important attributes of a good sawhorse are height, weight, and holding capacity. The best sawhorse is one that is a comfortable working height for you and strong enough to hold your projects. A carpenter who is six foot five needs a taller sawhorse than one who is five foot one. Lighter sawhorses are easy to move, but less durable. If your sawhorses stay in the same place, heavier construction means they will last longer.

Let’s take a look at some different sawhorse options to see what is available.

Metabo HPT 115445M Portable Folding Sawhorses, 2-Pack

The portable folding sawhorses from Metabo are made of heavy duty plastic. They fold flat for storage when not in use. These sawhorses have a holding capacity of 1200 pounds per pair. They are 30 inches tall when set up.

Things we like:

  • Sold in pairs, so you have enough to hold up boards right from the start
  • Light and portable
  • Includes built-in hook for cord storage and a bottom shelf
  • Ends are grooved to accept 2x lumber on edge. This lets you set up a sturdy table
  • Included sawbucks make it easy to put a sacrificial board on the top to protect it from sawblades

Things we don’t like:

  • Narrow base makes them easy to knock over
  • Some users report durability is an issue

Best for:

The Metabo folding sawhorses are best for someone who needs to move them around a lot. They are light and fold flat, so they are easy to toss into a vehicle and go.

Keter Folding Table Work Bench

The folding work bench table from Keter isn’t just a saw horse to hold boards. It’s a full table that is easy to fold up and take with you. It has a 1,000-pound capacity and is 30 inches high when set up. In about 30 seconds, you can have a sturdy work bench on any job site.

Things we like:

  • It’s a table, not just a sawhorse
  • Built-in vices for holding on to projects while you work
  • Sturdy steel legs

Things we don’t like:

  • Kind of expensive
  • A little small for working with 4×8 sheets of plywood
  • At 30 pounds, it’s heavier than most sawhorses

Best for:

This table is great for someone who needs a sturdy table, not just a sheet of plywood over a couple of sawhorses.

Woodstock D4220 Sawhorse Brackets

This isn’t actually a sawhorse; it’s just a pair of brackets that hold wooden top and legs together. You buy the brackets, cut wood to length, and you’ve got a sawhorse.

Things we like:

  • You can make your sawhorse whatever height and length you want
  • Easy to assemble – cut boards to length, drill two holes, and put in one screw

Things we don’t like:

  • Since you also have to buy the lumber, the brackets make the finished product kind of expensive
  • Not the strongest sawhorse out there

Best for:

These brackets let you get a sawhorse of whatever height you need quickly. Even with a hand saw, you could have a finished sawhorse in less than thirty minutes.

Toughbuilt Sawhorse C700

The C700 sawhorse from Toughbuilt is the last one you’ll ever buy. These all-steel sawhorses have a capacity of 2,600 pounds per pair. The legs are adjustable, so the height can range from 25 to 32 inches.

Things we like:

  • Heavy-duty construction means these will last a long, long tie
  • Grooves at the ends for table runners are adjustable for 2x or 4x lumber
  • Adjustable height means you always have the right-sized sawhorse

Things we don’t like:

  • Heavy-duty construction means they are heavy when moved
  • Expensive

Best for:

This is the sawhorse for serious construction work. Buy a pair, throw them in the back of your pickup, and don’t worry about holding boards at a job site for the next decade (or more).

Homemade Sawhorses

Best Saw-Horse Table

The classic DIY sawhorse is built in the shop (or on the job site) by an individual carpenter. Building your own lets you decide how tall the sawhorses should be, and how sturdy they should be. There are lots of plans for sawhorses available. Here’s one example, and here’s another. They range from ultra-simple to wildly complicated, with everything in between.

Once you know how to build the sawhorse table legs, you can make a DIY sawhorse table. There are even folding sawhorse plans available that you can use to build a portable saw horse table.

Things we like:

  • Best bang for the buck
  • You can make a sawhorse as tall or short, light or heavy, flimsy or sturdy as you need
  • Why buy tools if you don’t want to build stuff?

Things we don’t like:

  • Some plans involve complicated miters and other advanced woodworking skills
  • All the cutting and nailing to build a sawhorse would be a lot easier if you had a sawhorse to work on
  • Time spent building sawhorses is time taken from other projects

Best for:

Carpenters with plenty of time, or newbies who want a simple project that doesn’t have to look perfect.

Making Your Decision

When you buy a sawhorse, think about how you will use it. If you will be setting up and taking down daily (or more often), light weight and ability to fold or stack are important. If you are using it as a base for a table to use a miter saw or other power tool, stability is the most important thing. For a sawhorse that will hold heavy stuff in a shop or garage, look for strength above all else.

Our Recommendation

The Toughbuilt C700 folding sawhorse is strong, stable, and flexible. The all-steel construction means that it will last for years, and the adjustable legs let you adjust it to match your project. It is expensive, but this sawhorse can do anything you need.

If you are on a budget, try building your own sawhorse. You can get a great tool at a reasonable price, plus you get to practice your tool skills.

Final Thoughts


Using a sawhorse for big projects will make a huge difference in your work. Your back will thank you for being able to cut and measure lumber without stooping. If a big (or even a medium-sized) carpentry project is in your future, make sure to grab a pair of sawhorses before you start it.

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About Brandon Potters

Hi, I’m Brandon and I can’t express how excited I am that you chose The Saw Guy as your resource for project ideas, tool reviews, and all-around guide to the world of DIY. I spent years in the construction industry refining my knowledge of various trades and even spent a few years working at a major hardware store. ​If there is anyone who can help you make a well-informed, unbiased, budget-conscious decision, it’s me and my team.

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