Picture of Joist Hangar sawhorse work table
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I haven't built my dream workbench yet, so I needed a large work table that I could set up quickly wherever I needed it.  I have a pair of sawhorses that I use all the time, and an approximately 30"x30" plywood shelf that I put across them for a work table, but I want something bigger.
However, I didn't want to permanently alter my sawhorses too much because I use them for all sorts of things.
What I came up with is simple, quite sturdy, and can be taken down and set up very quickly.

2 sawhorses that I already had
4 simple 2x4 joist hangars (upc 0081942100607, I got mine at Menards). 
8 nails
small diameter wood dowel (i used some 1/4" that I had)
pair of 2x4s of matching length (I used a pair of 4 foot and a pair of 6 foot ones for 2 sizes of work table)
sheet plywood of a size to go over your new table frame (I used a 3'x7' piece of 3/8" plywood that my neighbor was throwing out)

Hammer (to drive the nails)
Hacksaw (to cut off the nails and notch the dowels)
Power drill and bits (for the dowel holes in joist hangars and cross members)
Pliers (to bend the cut nails)
Metal file (to take the rough edges off the cut nails and the holes drilled in the joist hangars)

kleinjahr2 years ago
Nicely done. You could do it without the hangers. For example, dowel holes along the top of the sawhorse and dowels in your 2bys. Or perhaps notches cut near the ends of the 2bys that slip over the sawhorse top, sort of eggcrate. If you have sawhorses with two boards for the top with a space between then you could use a wedge at the ends of the 2bys. sheeesh!! now you've got me thinking.
Shiseiji2 years ago
Really good! And I've looked at a lot of quick bench designs! My only suggestion is to use two more joist hangers so you can rip a sheet of plywood. "Maybe" add 1" X 4" stock to the top of the 2 X 4s to make a tee to avoid your hand saw cutting into the top of your saw horses when ripping. Wood pins like you used to hold the stringers would prevent hitting any metal fasteners.
mebelof2 years ago
good job
AWESOME. Love the overall design, and excellent instructions.
Very nice idea. Every now and then I come across a project where it would be nice to have an easily portable workbench (like when doing things at friends houses or outside) and this looks to be the perfect solution!