In woodworking, a sawbuck is a structure for holding wood so that it may be cut into pieces.[1] Easily made in the field from rough material, it consists of an "X" form at each end which are joined by cross bars below the intersections of the X's. The wood to be cut is placed in the V's formed above the intersections of the X's.

In Canada, Britain, and the United States, a sawbuck is sometimes called a sawhorse or sawstool,[citation needed] although this term also refers to a similar device used (often in pairs) to support wood planks.[citation needed]

United States ten-dollar bill

A U.S. ten-dollar bill from 1863

"Sawbuck" is also a slang term for a U.S. $10 bill, derived from the similarity between the shape of a sawbuck device and the Roman numeral X (10), which formerly appeared on $10 bills.[2] However, there is some question as to whether this is accurate, as the phrase first appeared in print referring to the $10 bill, not to the device.[3] A "double sawbuck" is a twenty dollar bill.

See also


  1. ^ "'buck' n7. def. 1., 'sawbuck' def. 1". Oxford English Dictionary (Second on CD-ROM (v. 4.0) ed.). Oxford University Press. 2009.
  2. ^ "Sawbuck". Investor Words. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  3. ^ "sawbuck". Merriam-Webster.