Modern Indsutrial Adjustable Sawhorse Desk to Coffee Table

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 07/28/2014 - 14:33
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Desk to coffee table with industrial style sawhorses - free plans from

Please welcome Toliy today.

Toliy is an industrial design student, spending his summer break local to us in Alaska.

We put Toliy right to work, embracing his modern, industrial style, by having him design,

And build his own desk.

A desk that also converts to coffee table height.

NOTE: Due to the height of the all-thread, when converted to a coffee table, the height is a little high (21") than a standard coffee table.

You'll find the desk plans following.

More from Toliy coming soon.

Height is adjustable


Shopping List

2 - 2x4 boards, 8 feet long

1 - 2x6 board, 6 feet long

1 - 1x4 board, 8 feet long

1 - tabletop, minimum 24" x 48"

4 - 18" long 5/8" allthread

4 - floor flanges to match allthread (for attaching all thread to underside of tabletop) and screws no longer than 1-1/2" for attaching flanges to 2x6s

8 - nuts to match allthread

8 - washers to match allthread

NOTE: You can use different size allthread (3/4", 1" etc) just make sure the fittings work with the allthread.

Common Materials
2 inch screws
2 1/2 inch screws
Cut List

8 - 2x4 @ 16-5/8" long (both ends cut at 15 degrees off square, ends ARE parallel, short point to long point measurement)
4 - 2x6 @ 23-1/2" long
4 - 2x4 @ 5-3/8" long (both ends cut at 15 degrees off square, ends are NOT parallel, long point to long point measurement)
4 - 2x4 @ 8-7/8" long (both ends cut at 15 degrees off square, ends are NOT parallel, long point to long point measurement)
4 - 1x4 @ 23-1/2" long

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

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!


Step 1

Attach legs to underside of 2x6, edges flush to outside of 2x6. We used 1-1/2" pocket holes and 2-1/2" pocket hole screws - very sturdy this way.

Step 2

Attach top support - you may find it easier to drill out the hole for the all-thread before attaching the supports.

Step 3

Do the same for the lower support.

Step 4

1x4s are set on top of the bottom support. Screws (2" length) or nail down.

Step 5

Step 6

Tabletop can then be attach to 2x6s.

Toliy used two layers of plywood to make his tabletop.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

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.


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