How to Build a Sawhorse Table with Brackets

Sometimes, you just need an extra work table… I’m up to three tables now. Do I need that many? Well, yes! I like to multitask! Anyhoo, I purchased a couple sets of sawhorse brackets to build a new table and with a few 2x4s, I spent less than $30. It would cost just as much to buy pre-made sawhorses (which are usually plastic) but since I am a tall girl, I needed to customize the height of the sawhorses so that I didn’t have to hunch over the table!

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Here’s what I used:

  • 2 sets of sawhorse brackets
  • 4 – 2×4 at 8′
  • Screws or nails
  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws, optional

The package has a chart on the back showing what length to cut the legs for the height of the table. I went somewhere in between 30″ and 36″ (roughly 32″), so I cut my legs at 29-5/8″ long. Also, determine how wide the sawhorse legs will sit. I am using an old 30″ door as the table so I wanted the cross pieces of the sawhorses to measure 30″.

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The 2×4 pieces are inserted into the brackets, then fastened in place using nails. I didn’t have any nails on hand, so I used screws.

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The cross pieces are then clamped in the bracket, then fastened with screws or nails. I set the brackets 4″ in from each end of the cross pieces so that I didn’t trip over the legs every time I’m working at the table!

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I added a “twist” to the sawhorse set up… I took the remaining piece of 2×4 and cut it in half. I then drilled pocket holes in each end of each piece and fastened them to the sawhorses using the 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. This will keep the sawhorses anchored together and make the table a bit more stable.

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I set the door on top and the table is the perfect height for me!

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Originally posted 2013-08-30 08:00:12.