Saw Horse Work Table

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Project by BrettMcD posted 01-20-2012 06:28 AM 8854 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been awhile seen I last posted something so I figured that I would show some of my “workshop” stuff.

First off my woodworking space is extremely limited. So I devised a sawhorse table that I can set up in literally about 3 minutes.

The Recipe is as follows:
Start with two regular sawhorses.
Add two 2X4X8 for the long stretchers
Then four 2X4X4 cross braces
One Sheet of OSB (lazy loafer optional)
Garnish with favorite woodworking machines and enjoy.

It is a good thing that I am not the cook in the family we would starve. Okay seriously since the work table is so quick to set up I find myself using it more and more (even used it for picnic table with a drop cloth over it). After I am done using it the sawhorses nest together and the 2 by lumber is stacked by it ready to go. It is designed to be able to support a full 4X8 sheet of OSB or whatever you have on hand. As you can see from the photos I have put it thru some hard use and yet it still works great. Since the top only cost about $7.50 if it gets banged up and cut up too much you can easily replace it. I can also remove one of the cross braces and nest my little table saw on it to make an 8 foot outfeed table which is really awesome.

If you are short on space then this little gem might allow you to use some of additional space that is currently unavailable i.e. outside, carport etc. etc. The grid locks together with half lap joints and is very strong yet easy to take apart.

If I would build it again I would change the following
1.) Long stretchers would be 2X6’s instead of 2X4
2.) Half lap joints would have a little more clearance for the fit.
3.) Saw Horses would be just regular sawhorse not one with a replaceable top since the grid is always on it they never get damaged and this would be faster.
4.) I would seriously think about making the sawhorses collapsible as well then it would take even less space in storage

Well that is it. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 01-20-2012 07:12 AM

Well done good idea

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#2 posted 01-20-2012 07:18 AM

Oh I like… goes away and puts thinking cap on…

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#3 posted 01-20-2012 11:01 AM

Nice job good and solid. A quick set up always helps as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 01-20-2012 01:28 PM

Good portable work table.
Thanks for sharing !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#5 posted 01-20-2012 02:56 PM

That’s definitely one solid looking table. Thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 01-20-2012 03:17 PM

Great idea, nice job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 01-20-2012 04:08 PM

Cool. I think I saw something similar in a shopnotes back issue. Very flexible , sturdy and disappears when not needed. Yep, fits my criteria.

-- -- Nelson

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#8 posted 01-20-2012 04:19 PM

Great bed, I think I’ll make one for the guest room…:)

Thanks for posting!
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#9 posted 01-20-2012 04:46 PM

It looks like it will work ok and I see that you can even take a nap break on it. I have to do some of my work outside myself and all I have is 4 saw horses. It’s about time to replace them because of the weather but they have lasted several years. The next time I’m going to paint them. Welcome to Lumberjocks.


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#10 posted 01-20-2012 05:31 PM

I built something very similar a couple years ago that I use mostly when cutting down sheet goods. I did one thing a bit differently though. The sawhorses I built only have three legs, with the third leg adjustable for height. This allows me to level them prior to adding the framework parts, even when working outside on unlevel ground. This means I can get the top of the stand to be very flat. I used this when assembling my Murphy Bed and it worked out great.

Using the three leg system the individual sawhorses are a bit unsteady, but once it is all tied together it is very solid.

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#11 posted 01-20-2012 05:57 PM

Nice idea, great project.
Just curious to know what was the sweet dreamt ya had during that short nap (if you can recall).

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#12 posted 01-20-2012 06:29 PM

Thank you. I must put that one on my list.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#13 posted 01-20-2012 07:48 PM

Good idea!!!

Is that a “lazy boy bed” too?

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#14 posted 01-20-2012 11:53 PM

All those years working on sawhorses and I never thought of that – great idea

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#15 posted 01-21-2012 03:56 AM

Great table I’ll have to make one with the 2×6 option. Love It

-- Adrift(Don Higgs) Galveston, Tx.

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