The Centipede sawhorse has been described by its inventors as the ultimate sawhorse. Unlike most other foldable sawhorse systems, the Centipede can completely support sheet materials without sagging. This makes the Centipede great for supporting thin or full 4′ x 8′ sheet materials, or for creating a temporary workbench.
DIY vs Pro Versions
The Centipede makers have developed two versions – a DIY kit, and a Pro kit. Both versions deploy to a working height of 30.75″, and are 38″ tall when fully collapsed.
The DIY kit is sized at 2′ x 4′, which is best for supporting quarter sheet construction materials or for setting up as a temporary workbench. It provides 6 points of contact.
The Pro kit is sized at 4′ x 8′, and can support a full sheet of plywood, MDF, or other sheet goods, and provides 15 points of contact.
- P-Tops are a non-marring topper that is placed over each support point
- Bench Clamps fit into P-tops and are made from plastic with a flexible TPE polymer overmold
- X-Cups hold standard 2×4 lumber in place to allow quick cuts or wider points of contact
These accessories are provided with all Centipede purchases, but are also available separately.
Where to Buy/How Much?
Centipede sawhorse are being offered as part of an indeigogo fundraiser campaign that is set to end 8/15/2013.
DIY kit: $60, free US shipping, ETA Feb 2014
Pro kit: $120, free US shipping, ETA Feb 2014
There are also multiple kit and quantity discount options available.
I think the Centipede would make a wonderful workpiece support, and hope the project is fully funded so that the product makes its way to stores. But I do have some questions.
How well does the Centipede work on uneven ground? Uneven support could stress the pivot points, not to mention lead to wobbling boards. That’s not to say that the product won’t work well on uneven ground, but it has not yet been tested or demonstrated in enough environments to prove itself either way.
It can be argued that sawhorses do not perform ideally on uneven ground either, but with sawhorses you have far fewer legs and interdependent points of support contacts.
I would also like to see a load rating. The inventors had two men stand on top to provide 500 lbs of loading, but that’s not a good enough measure. At the very least, they need to take several samples and apply an increasing uniform load until the product fails. Take that number and divide by 4.