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Temporary workbench recommendations (Saw horses + 2x4 or otherwise)

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D_W

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Well, I was taking it that it was a quick and dirty site solution that was required. Other folk seem to have other ideas...

I guess it depends on what renovating means. If it's house work with a circular saw, it's pretty hard to make a case for the mass I'm talking about.

I stole my idea from my mother more or less, though - two drawer metal file cabinets with a door would be about 32" high (if it needs to be higher, it can be stuck on something), and they're free here all the time as they're removed from offices.

My mother has a semi-utility room, and she is desperately cheap (and maybe a little lazy like me) and threw together a couple of work tables with used solid core doors and free metal drawer cabinets. For someone wanting the setup to be knock down, the top can just be screwed into the file cabinets (who cares if they get mangled if they're free), but the whole setup ends up being pretty sure-footed and the cabinets can be ballasted with books later if a permanent solution is desirable.

My mother later turned her setup into a desk by refinishing the door surface and putting a skirt on it. (The height of just the door and the cabinet is just about dead on for a computer desk).
 

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I really like my timber frame style sawhorses
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Might be of use?

No sure where the op is???

Cheers James
 

Jacob

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Might be of use?

No sure where the op is???

Cheers James
Coupla miles north of Derby.
Not cheap - check new prices?
 

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If you are using commercial saw horses one issue is width. The sturdy ones like toughbuilt tend to be about 1 metre wide so with an overhang a 1.2 metre wide board is ideal. If this is too wide then the lightweight plastic stanley ones are 700 wide so ideal for a workbench about 900 wide. If you go for these then look at charliediyte on YouTube.

My workbench goes in the middle of the garage but needs to be removable. 1.2m was too wide so I went for 900mm wide by 2.4 metres and used the plastic stanley ones. I attach some picture of it disassembled and assembled. It is surprisingly sturdy, care was needed with the knotches, bit of a fiddle to get them tight and beams horizontal with trestle squarely on the ground. I have cut the top in half for ease of storage.

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when I say “surprisingly sturdy” I mean relative to the lightweight trestles. Takes plenty of weight but no good for chopping and hammering. I have another smaller bench for that. This one is in the garage over my car inspection pit, hence portability. The two halves clamp together and I have locating dowels for alignment as I may drill a grid of holes.

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