Inspired by Restoration Hardware's Sawhorse Trestle Desk, this easy to build version is doable by most any DIYer! Using standard off the shelf lumber, a premade project panel for the tabletop, you can build yourself a solid wood sawhorse desk for a fraction of retail costs! Full plans include everything you need to build for yourself.
4 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x6 @ 4 feet long
1 - 1x12 @ 4 feet long
1 - 24" x 48" pine project panel
8 - 1x3 @ 29" Both ends beveled at 10 degrees off square,ends are parallel to each other, long point to short point measurement
4 - 1x3 @ 9 3/8" Both ends beveled at 10 degrees off square, ends are NOT parallel to each other, long point to long point measurement
2 - 1x3 @ 24"
2 - 1x12 @ 24" corners are notched out - ASSUMES 1x12 is 11 1/4" wide - adjust if yours is not
2 - 1x6 @ 24" corners are notched out - ASSUMES 1x6 is 5 1/2" wide - adjust if yours is not
4 - 1x3 @ 4 1/2" Both ends beveled at 10 degrees off square, ends are NOT parallel to each other, long point to long point measurement
The success of this plan is greatly dependent on being able to make nice beveled cuts. A miter saw is highly recommended for all beveled cuts.
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Start by marking the insides of each leg up 1 3/4". This will be the bottom of the bottom support to leg joint. Then attach bottom supports with either a Kreg Jig or with screws and glue.
Now the tricky part that I talked about earlier. What I would do is use a precut beveled board as a guide and carefully mark out the notches. Then either use a jigsaw set for 10 degree bevel to make the angled cut or use a handsaw. The cross cut (cut that is made against the grain) is a straight cut and you can use a handsaw or jigsaw set square - don't worry if it notches into the bottom board a little - the support boards will cover all this up.
Practice first on a scrap to make sure the cut fits within the sawhorse as shown in the next step.
Once you are happy with your cuts, attach bottom shelf in place.
Now mark 1/2" in from each side on top boards and attach legs to top.
Mark each leg 16 3/4" from bottom along inside edge. This is the bottom of the bottom shelf joint. Attach in place.
And attach the top!
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.