DIY Sawhorse Console Table

How to build a simple DIY sawhorse console table

I love a piece of furniture that is simple in design, easy to build, but is not lacking in style.  This DIY sawhorse console table checks all of those boxes and gives me all the heart eyes!

How to build a simple DIY sawhorse console table

I love how simple the design is with these skinny 2x2s for the base and just a plain flat board across the top.  But sometimes, the simplest designs can be the prettiest, amiright??


I’m calling this a console table, but it can be used for so many things–entryway, behind the couch, for a TV stand, or make a shorter version to be used for a bench!  It’s a very simple table that can be used for whatever you need a table for 🙂

DIY Sawhorse Table

So, if you’re ready for a quick and easy build, let’s get started 🙂


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You will need:

(4) 2x2x8 boards (or two 2x4s if you make your own from this tutorial)

(1) 2x4x8 boards

(1) 2x8x8

2 1/2″ wood screws

Wood Glue


Miter Saw


Orbital Sander


Measuring Tape


First, cut and assemble sawhorse console table legs…

Cut 8 legs from the 2×2 boards.  By the way, if you want to make your own straight, square 2x2s, check out this tutorial.  It makes a world of difference to build with straight, square 2x2s 😉


Anyway, cut each leg with 10 degree bevels parallel to each other, about 31″ long.

Then, cut two 2x4s 13″ long with ends beveled 15 degrees NOT parallel to each other.  Glue and screw (using 2 1/2″ wood screws) the legs and 2×4 pieces together like shown.  Space the legs 6 1/2″ apart from the front to back.

Next, cut and assemble the bottom braces for the DIY sawhorse table base…

Cut 4 pieces of 2×2 board 9 1/2″ long with ends mitered 10 degrees not parallel to each other and 2 pieces of 2×2 board 6 1/2″ long.  Glue and screw the pieces together like shown.  The horizontal braces should be ABOUT 4 7/8″ up from the bottom.

Then, build the top for the DIY sawhorse console table…

You can read my post here on how I build table tops.  For this, just cut two pieces of your 2×8 the length you want your top to be (I made this one about 40″ long).  Square off the edge (if desired), then glue together.  Sand down, then it’s ready to attach.

To attach the top, use wood glue and screws to glue and screw through the 2×4 tops of the base pieces into the top of the table.  Space the bases about 7″ from the ends of the top and centered from the front and back edge of the top.


Lastly, finish the sawhorse table as desired…

Putty the screw holes and sand the piece smooth.  Stain and poly (or paint) the table and it’s ready to go!  I stained this in Minwax Special Walnut and polyed it with Minwax Polycrylic.

How to build a DIY Sawhorse Console Table--simple and modern Minwax Special Walnut

If you like the DIY pet art, I’ve got a super easy tutorial to make your own from your own pet photo here.

How to build a simple, modern sawhorse console table

Don’t you love the simple design?  Plus, you can have this built in no time!

DIY Sawhorse Console Table--Modern Farmhouse Decor--Stained in Minwax Special Walnut

How to build a modern style sawhorse console table

DIY Console Table--Simple Modern Farmhouse Style sawhorse table

So what do you think of the simple, modern console table??  I love the sawhorse base 🙂 It’s really easy to customize the size here, especially the length.  So if you’re ready to build, I’d love if you’d pin this so you can reference it again later! 🙂

How to build a simple modern DIY sawhorse console table--minwax special walnut

Until next time, happy building 🙂

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