Collapsible Table for the Shopdog Sawhorses

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Project by royalcoachman posted 03-23-2012 11:43 PM 11042 views 24 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I saw the folding sawhorses Canexican designed I knew they would be a great help for me. You see I sold all my woodworking equipment 11 years ago when we “hit the road” in our RV. Last year I got the itch to have a shop again so I bought a 24’ enclosed cargo trailer and started equipping it. My intent is not to drag it behind the motor home but to have it movable if necessary. We currently have a lot in Arizona where we spend the winters and this is where I keep the shop. But I digress…

The ShopDog sawhorses are a great design. And for me, because of my space limitations, they are so flexible to hold various tools and clamp to many types of “crossbar” accessories. I found reference to them here on the LumberJock forums and see that that there now is a website at

I needed a cutting platform for sheet goods and found a “honeycomb” design on the net which is collapsible. I modified it to attach to the ShopDogs and now have a great cutting table for sheet goods that gets me up off the ground.

The table is made entirely of 3/4” plywood which makes it very strong and stable. It is 4’ by 8’ but breaks down to a stack of plywood measuring 3” by 8” by 8’. One of the photos shows this on the top of my woodrack.

The photos should make it easy to see how the table is constructed. If anyone wants the cut dimensions just let me know.

Now I am off setting up a french cleat tool mounting system for the walls of my trailer. I threw in a bonus photo of the shop…

Enjoy and happy cutting, Jerry

-- Jerry aka Royal Coachman

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#1 posted 03-24-2012 01:48 AM

Looks like one incredibly solid and portable worktable!!

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#2 posted 03-24-2012 03:23 AM

I just built these too. Very sturdy. I live in Michigan ( although it’s been warmer than Arizona lately, but not typically!) I need to be able to park in my garage so I face some similar problems you have with maximizing space. I’d love to share ideas with you in how to do this!

-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."

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#3 posted 03-24-2012 03:24 AM

That’s a real nice set up for the collapsible saw horse tables coachman.
But with a shop as sweet as yours, one project a year just ain’t gonna cut it.
Now get it there and start making some saw dust ! lol

You located out west?
The back ground in your shots kind of give that hint.

Thanks for sharing your talent.

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#4 posted 03-24-2012 10:55 AM

Incredible. I mean the whole arrangement. The cutting table is fantastic but I am more intrigued by the entire work shop.

Where in Arizona do you winter?

-- Making Sawdust Safely

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#5 posted 03-24-2012 02:20 PM

Great idea, love the shop also

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 03-24-2012 10:49 PM

Ah your pictures and trailer bring back memories of days full of RVing. We spent years on the road traveling all over the USA. Don’t see many RV’s here in the Islands. We also spent many winters in AZ. I also had a trailer full of tools that was pulled behind the Motor home. Those were the days.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#7 posted 03-26-2012 05:19 AM

Thanks for all the comments. It looks like the shop photo brought in a lot of interest also. I am having a lot of fun setting it up, with the added challenge this time of doing it in such a small space. The majority of the tools I bought on Craig’s List so I don’t have a whole lot of $$ tied up yet. I bought a Shopsmith with the bandsaw, jointer and belt sander. I ended up cutting 18” out of the tubes to shorten it up, but still be able to use the saw function as well as power two tools. Most of my tools are on casters so I can shift things around depending on the project. Maybe at a later date I will post some more photos of the shop and what I am doing. Luckily we are located in Arizona, near Wickenburg, so I can get outside about any day when I need to cut sheet goods. Which brings me back to the cutting table. Several have asked me for the dimensions so here they are:

The table is made from 9 pieces of 3/4” plywood total a nominal 30” by 96”. All notches are 2” deep by 3/4” wide.
A. 4 pieces 4” by 8’ Notches at 12”, 48” and 84”. The center notch is cut on the top edge with the two outer notches on the bottom edge.
B. 2 pieces 7” by 4’ Notches at 4” and 16” from each end. All notches on same edge.
C. 1 piece 4” by 4’ Notches as in B.
D. 2 pieces 3” by 4’ Screw to the bottom, non-notched edge, of the 7” pieces.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Jerry aka Royal Coachman

-- Jerry aka Royal Coachman

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#8 posted 03-26-2012 01:45 PM

Very clever! A nice solution to a common problem.


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#9 posted 03-29-2012 01:33 PM

Good job. Nice shop you have.

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