I want to make some really cheap, temporary tables just to get some clutter
off the floor of my garage so I can sort it all out. I don't have a saw so
I'll need easy cuts that can be made at Home Depot or Lowes.
Something like this Bull Bracket Sawhorse table (upper right image that uses
cross-beam feature) would be just about perfect.
Bull Brackets are too expensive though, so I think I can make the same thing
with some cheap $4 brackets and just drill/screw the table base planks into
My question is what would I put on top that would be super cheap (a few
bucks at most) yet sturdy table top? Just strong enough to hold a few boxes
and odds and ends.
Take your bedroom door off its hinges. If you got kids already you probably
have no privacy anymore anyway. Have the "little woman" get on her hands and
knees on one end and put a kid on the other end -- or -- if she promises to
start letting you have sex again put a kid on their hands and knees on each
end spaced about 6' apart. You know, just enough to support the door laid
across their backs.
Oh, don't forget to let them kneel on a pillow and put one on their backs
too. Pounding on the table when making some other stuff can get kind of
rough on the little critters.
Well, if they don't want to cooperate you can use 3-4 small scraps of 2x4x3
nailed to the face of the wall studs in the garage. These "cleats" will
support the back edge of a door resting upon them. Use something to hold up
the front edge of the door. Think like a college student and scarf up some
concrete blocks for example and lay them up with a dry bond to support the
front edge of the door. Stick sh!t in the cavities of the concrete block.
Like incense or a candle. Good place to hide the pot too! But I still think
putting the little woman on her hands and knees is the best idea.
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I typically use somw 3/4" plywood with a vew 2x4"s underneath to
support. You can build your own sawhorses or find cheaper brackets.
Plywood and 2x4 may not seem the cheapest but it is reusable and that
makes it better that cheap.
If you don't mind some hairline gaps in the table, just use 2x4s or
2x6s for the table surface... If you decide your table needs to be 8
ft in length, the 2x4s will still be fully reuseable for other
projects at a later date...
Concete blocks work great for the support structure... If I remember
correctly, they cost about $1.25 or so up at Home Depot or Lowes... It
will take about 6 full blocks and 4 half blocks per side and since
half blocks cost nearly as much as full blocks, you're looking at
perhaps $25 total for both sides... If you just dry stack the blocks,
it's all reuseable...
You might want to hunt in the garage sales. A decent hand saw should only
cost a couple dollars.
Super cheap and sturdy - a used or dented hollow core door. Something
someone put their knee through when wandering the isles of their local big
box store. To reduce sag, a 2" wide piece of 1/2" plywood attached along
the full length front and back and you have a very strong table top. Set
it up with the dings/dents to the bottom and the door handle hole to the
back and you even have a hole to pass your electrical or in my case
computer wires through.
try to find some knock down laminated mdf or osb furniture in the garbage,
or buy a full 4x8 or 5x10 (any o/ than Borg & poss including) and cut it
down. I also have a roller stand that does double duty as an adjustable to
any height/angle/ plane tool or support. 1/2 price isn't too much. Prob
find pieces outside used stores fro a few bucks too. May have shelf holes.
I keep a couple to clamp to the sides of my bench and it ends up 16' long.
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