Australian Woodsmith 25th December 2019

Knock-Down Worktable

Throwing a sheet of 19mm plywood on a couple of sawhorses to use as a temporary worksurface is a pretty common practice for many woodworkers. However, moving and storing these large sheets can be cumbersome and back-breaking. My solution was to make a knock-down worktable that could be moved and stored in sections.

BUILD THE TABLE. The tabletop is made up of three wide boards. Be careful to pick boards that are straight and relatively flat. I installed inexpensive hinges at the mating ends of the boards, as shown in the main photo. Several evenly-spaced dowels positioned along the edges of the boards help to keep the surfaces aligned during use.

Whenever I need a quick worksurface, it’s easy to position the boards on sawhorses one at a time. Line up the hinges and tap the hinge pins in place to keep the table locked together. The dowels will ensure everything lines up quickly and easily.

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