T or C man invents collapsible sawhorse

Created: 04/28/2014 6:52 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

For years, Ed Adkins spent countless hours inside his garage working on a tool that could change the construction and design landscape forever.

"Here, we create frames and then slap sheet material on then and it's large, gangly material to work with. It just got me thinking," Adkins said.

That thinking led to something that could replace the conventional "sawhorse" which is typically used for sawing and supporting lumber.

Therefore, Adkins came up with his "Centipede Sawhorse", which comes in two versions.

The smaller one, or D-I-Y, weighs less than 15 pounds but can support a weight up to one ton.

The larger one can support a weight somewhere in the neighborhood "of a vehicle".

Those are some of the reasons why Adkins' sawhorse won a prestigious award from BBVA Compass Bank for $10,000.

If his invention and company take off, he won't leave New Mexico in the dust.

"I came here from the Chicago area to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and I plan on staying regardless of the outcome for Centipede Tools," he said.

Adkins plans on making more products, like tables, displays, stages, and scaffolds.

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