Modern Indsutrial Adjustable Sawhorse Desk to Coffee Table

Desk to coffee table with industrial style sawhorses - free plans from


Projects built from this plan. Thank you for submitting brag posts, it's appreciated by all!

Author Notes: 

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.

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.

2 inch screws
2 1/2 inch screws
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
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!

Height is adjustable
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

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 Instructions: 

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

Step 3 Instructions: 

Do the same for the lower support.

Step 4 Instructions: 

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

Step 5 Instructions: 

Now the fun part - drill out the sawhorses - choose a drill bit a little bigger so it's easy to place the all-thread in the holes. A longer bit would be easier, but with patience, you can use a standard drill bit (we used a spade bit).

Insert the all thread into the holes, secure to underside of support with washer and nut. Also secure to top of sawhorse with washer and nut. Attach flanges to top of all-thread. Then position 2x6 on top of flanges and trace. Secure flanges to top 2x6 with screws.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Tabletop can then be attach to 2x6s.

Toliy used two layers of plywood to make his tabletop.

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.
Project Type: 
Skill Level: 


I like the adjustable height desk but won't the desktop quickly develop a bow without a crossbeam support? One of the pictures shows a frame under the desktop but the final only shows supports at either end.

I guess it depends on how much weight you are putting on the desk. If you are using it for a large desktop computer that will stay there, it'd probably bow yes. If you are just using it for a laptop or cup of coffee, you'd probably be fine. Try using the sagulator for it to see, if you know what your expected usage would be.

I'm trying to find a desk to build for my husband's office. He LOVES this one but would rather have it built so that it can be adjusted from sitting height to standing height. Would it be very difficult to adapt the plans?

I found that I could not get 4 2x6 @ 23 1/2 in long out of the 2x6 - 6foot long board in the buy list other than that the plans were good. And this project made me envy anyone with a kreg jig. It is now on my wish list.