How To Build DIY Gold Sawhorses


We wanted this project to have a bit of a Hi/Low feel to it and nothing says classy better than gold! This how-to project will take you through the steps to building a utilitarian workshop item (the sawhorse) and give it some bling.

* Drill/Driver with Phillips bit or screwdriver
* Circular Saw or hacksaw
* Auto-hammer or regular hammer
* Measuring Tape
* Pencil

* 8 30″ 2x4s
* 6 32.5″ 2x4s
* 32 16D galvanized nails
* 12 3″ wood screws
* 2 cans of paint (we went with RustOleum Gold but substitute for your favorite)

1. Measure and Cut
Measure out your 8 30″ pieces for legs and 6 32.5″ pieces for the I-Beam then cut 2x4s using a circular saw or hacksaw.

2. Go Gold
Paint individual pieces and let dry (preferably overnight)

3. Build I-Beam
Using screws attach 3 of the 32.5″ pieces together as a “T” then finish as an “I”.

4. Complete I-Beam
Once all pieces are attached the bulk of your sawhorse is complete.

5. Hammer Time
Place legs as show and attach legs using 4 nails in a box shape.

6. Stackable
Not only are these pretty but their stackable for small workspace storage.

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.