18 DIY Sawhorse Desk Plans

While staying indoors, you might always be doing something or the other at your desk like browsing the web, making to-do lists for the house, or paying bills. The rugged sawhorse table centrally placed and covered with a floral-printed table cover grabs the eyeballs from the entry. A sawhorse gives the board you’re sawing the support and elevation you need to make a clean cut. Make your way over to House By Hoff to find out how to create your own industrial rolling pipe desk. Following these step-by-step plans you can build your own sawhorse coffee table for under $25 in lumber.

The main thing is to countersink the head of the screw by about 1/2″ so that your saw blade does not hit the screw if it goes slightly into the top of the sawhorse. Cutting your own wood pieces will also enable you to custom-size your desk legs so working is most comfortable for you. I set it up on 2 sawhorses to use as a desk – and I still have it. I liked the concept so much that I have since built coffee tables and end tables out of smaller cabinet doors. This clever little desk made specifically for children is constructed out of an old cabinet, some wooden legs and a few other basic materials. This is a desk at its most basic: a few planks of wood stretched across a couple of sawhorses.

You don’t need a high stool when working on the desk as its overall size fits the bill for any room, including the loft. Then lay the plywood on its back and set the trestle legs on it so they are sticking up in the air. Set your circular saw to cut at a 13-degree bevel, and cut the legs to length at a 13-degree angle. This super cool industrial style desk is made using sawhorses, wood and sheet metal, along with a few other tools.

To attach the top to the base I used a line of wood glue on the top of each sawhorse base and used 2″ finish nails through the tabletop and into the bases. To make it work for my table I cut off the top panel and a little of the bottom to make it symmetrical. History-Ask any carpenter… You will hardly find a more beloved piece of equipment than the trusty old sawhorse.

Side note: some friends who work in a studio nearby made their standing desk with sawhorses topped with an old door with glass… really pretty! One person’s expression of the sawhorse is no more valid than another person’s. I used an extremely high-tech caliper system to figure out how high the dowels should stick up from the sawhorse. After we built this table we figured what better time to then now to torch some wood!

You’ll want your arms to be at right angles to the desk surface, or a little lower. Repeat this step to install the other set of legs on the opposite side of the 48-inch lumber. Let us know in the comments section below what you thought of this tutorial on how to make a sawhorse. After I drove the first screw in I used my framing square to make sure the leg was square to the top before I drove in the next screw. Rather than measure how big the leg plates need to be, I just marked them off the sawhorse and cut them to size. After cutting the legs to size, reset your circular saw to 90 degrees and taper the legs.

The finished desk ends up being 3 pieces, and a hollow core door weighs typically about 20 lbs. I can finally say that I. -one sheet of MDF board cut to the size need for the top of the desk. Next, butt one of your support pieces from step #3 to the saw horse and make sure the support is centered up. The support piece should have approximately 5.5 inches of room on either side.

Measure how far in the trestle legs will be positioned, making sure you won’t be banging your knees on the center struts while sitting at the desk. This fun rustic style desk is made with IKEA trestle legs and long wooden boards. Having done this we will have 2 supports with 2 legs each, which together would make the wooden sawhorse. I was looking for a quick and easy way to attach the top of the desk to the supporting sawhorses. This desk has a unique shape, with rounded sides and edging around the top surface. If there’s ever a desk #3, I will definitely add to this so it guides all the angles and positions the shelf accurately.

After the glue has dried, use a hand saw to cut the top of the legs flush with the top of the saddle. I simply placed the piece as low as it would go on the leg and drew a line to scribe where I’d need to cut the angle so that it would fit between the legs. I am interested in getting a couple of them to anchor” the table a little more. I put them inside the legs instead of simply tacking them on to the outside so that there isn’t anything to bump into or catch electric cords on as I use these. I have seen sawhorse desks before, but the problem with them is the top slid around too much.

Furthermore, if you ever decide to change the height of your desk (to use while sitting, for example), all you need to do is cut a new pair of legs and switch them out in the brackets. I determined that I should place the top of the leg one inch below the top of the T beam to make sure. You can’t really see it too well against the rough boards of the bench, unfortunately, but this was a good way to use some of the material that wasn’t nice enough for the top of the desk.

This will make the legs much stronger without adding too much weight to the horses. Nothing extra is added, so the creator has to make them beautiful with only the simple parts of the form. I really enjoy my hobby, and love the pieces I make for our house and for gifts. Using this method, you can easily transport the table just by unscrewing the tabletop. Shoot us an e mail and make sure to stay in touch on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest! This is where the sawhorse dining table came into play and made for an easy DIY.

Apply glue to both workpieces where the saddle and legs join and then clamp the parts. After apply two coats of stain to everything and then several layers of polyurethane (desk top five times, everything else two times), I had two more steps. Lay one of the legs down so the top point is pointing to the left and make a vertical mark 3 inches in from the left end with a pencil. Both designs take the simple straight lines of a sawhorse and re-envision them as the legs and storage cubbies for these desks. To protect the table top and give it a light sheen, Vadakan finished his door with a wood sealant. Don’t worry if this doesn’t make sense yet, we have a degree in Wood Math from Beaver University…not really.

I got a little overzealous and looked around for other objects that could be hammered into the wood to make cool patterns and dents. Place a leg in the slot with the saw still set at 20 degrees, the short side of the top of the leg should be to the left, when you make the first cut you will slice a bit off the 2X4 on the right and cut into the 2X2, stop before you cut all the way through it. This super functional crafting station combines a functional pegboard with simple sawhorse legs and a wood tabletop. Finally, trim the bottom of the legs so that the sawhorse sits flat on the floor.

This utilitarian-looking desk is inspired by a workbench, with metal plates connecting the corners and plywood for the top work surface. This piece has a simple, contemporary look, with a beautiful stained work surface and bright, colorful turquoise legs. Understanding how pieces should fit and be fastened is a great first step, but once you get the gist I recommend modifying and experimenting with different parts of the build—dimensions, materials, fasteners, etc.—to make something that truly fits your space. This lovely farmhouse style desk is perfect for the kids to do their homework on, or for you to pull out your laptop.

Of course, this did not deter my vision for dining in the garden; this just meant that when this Style Challenge came upon me, I knew I could get creative! Because they sit comfortably inside the legs there is nothing to hit your shin against or to catch electric cords. You can see how the bottom of the beam creates the angle for the legs in the picture above.