The Easy Way to Protect Woodworking Pieces from Damage

Sawhorses are great for when you’re cutting plywood or lumber, but when you’re using them to support finished pieces like a door, tabletop or anything like that, you could scratch up the workpiece.

To prevent this from happening, all you need is a strip of carpet.

I cut a remnant piece of carpet about 5 inches wide and a little longer than the rail of the sawhorse itself.

This sawhorse happens to have notches in it to hold 2×4 supports, but I am not going to be using them for a while. I will place the carpet over the rail and if I need to, I can always go back and cut out the carpet where those notches are.

You essentially put the carpet on top of the rail, center on top of the sawhorse, press it down to conform to the top of the sawhorse, and attach it with a few staples.

Tip: Make sure to staple it on the sides. You don’t want to staple the top, because if the staples happen to come loose, they can damage your workpiece.

So, with it stapled along both sides, you have a nice cushioned surface that will protect your work.

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