Sawhorse Coffee Table

DIY Sawhorse Coffee Table Plans - Rogue Engineer

As always, we love shopping around for furniture ideas. When we came across this sawhorse coffee table my first thought was “that’s an easy build” but the best part is that you can build it for under $25! For those of you who have yet to dive into the world of DIY building, this is the perfect project to start. Enjoy!

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DIY Sawhorse Coffee Table Plans - Rogue Engineer

DIY Sawhorse Coffee Table Plans - Rogue Engineer


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How to build a Sawhorse Coffee Table

Following these step-by-step plans you can build your own sawhorse coffee table for under $25 in lumber.

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We decided to try something new with this finish. When wandering around our local Home Depot (which happens A LOT) we came across a torch and of course decided we had to give it a shot. After we built this table we figured what better time to then now to torch some wood!

Since this was my first time torching something it was definitely a learn as you go process. One thing I learned was to make long even strokes across the surface (picture was before this lesson was learned).  This keeps the burn looking even across the entire piece and more natural. Second lesson I learned is that torching is AWESOME!

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So to complete the finish on this table I stained over top of the torched wood with Rust-Oleum Summer Oak. Then topped that off with Rust-Oleum Triple Thick Polyurethane in a matte finish.

Questions? Comments?

As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below and especially don’t forget to post pictures of your finished products in the comments! ENJOY!

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  • Zoe

    Can you link which torch you used for this project? Awesome job.

  • Wow, this is beautiful! Can the plans be altered to make a dining table?

  • Ted

    Sure would be nice to link our sites together with that picture of that beautiful Norwalk sofa
    signed ; your Father in law

  • Elisabeth S

    Finished my first project! Had to work without a pocket hole jig, but still managed pretty easily! Thanks for the plans 🙂

    • That looks great! Thanks for sharing. There is still time to put the Kreg Jig on your Christmas list 🙂

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  • Robert Williams

    I really liked this build thought it was awesome. For the price you really can’t beat it. Will try to get and image up that is small enough to upload.

  • Kelly Macaitis

    Love the torched wood!

    This is definitely on my make list! Can I ask why untreated wood?

    • I used untreated wood because the table is being used indoor and treated lumber has a greenish tint to it. Treated lumber is also heavier and has a higher moister content.

  • Doane Hopkins

    I was using a flame spreader on my torch and to my dismay it popped off and fell onto the table. By the time I could grab a pair of pliers to pull it off it left a deep burn in the table top. I was pretty bummed for about 30 seconds until I realized it looked pretty cool. So I ended up using that, a spring and a large washer to burn the top in random places for a distressed look. Some pre-stain conditioner, three coats of Minwax gunstock stain and three coats of poly and it turned out pretty good. Thanks for a fun project.

    • Awesome work man! I like the finish and that was a great idea using the washer and spring like you did.

      • Doane Hopkins

        Thanks man. It was very rewarding and the wife loves it. I’ve been a carpenter for years but I have never made any furniture and learned a lot. I also learned the difference between the knock off Kreg jig and the real thing. The cheap one is a $50 paper weight. Struggled with it for days, wasted a whole set of legs, bought a real Kreg jig and some 2×4’s at Lowe’s and was done assembling in less than an hour. Dunno why I have to keep learning the same lesson about cheap tools 🙂

        I have a couple custom tables to build for friends and then I’ll be building your Farmhouse table and benches. The one with the square legs. I’m soooo looking forward to it. I’ve helped build some farmhouse kitchens over the years and love the style. I’ll follow up with a pic when I’m done with that project.

        • Kreg does make some great stuff. Can’t wait to see how the table and benches turn out!

    • IB

      Hello. I just saw the plan for your Sawhorse Coffee Table and really like the look and style. I live in a small house and do not have a seperate dedicated area for dining. For this reason I’ve been trying to find a coffee table that could be easily converted, when needed, to double as a dining table. How difficult would it be to modify the design of this table so the top rests snugly on the saw horses as a coffee table, but is not permanently attached? This way the top could be lifted, the saw horses designed so they could be tipped on end and be positioned in a way that provides a stable base for the top to snugly rest on, except now it would be at the proper height for a dining table.

  • Dan Heim

    Finished table with pecan stain.

    • Really nice finish Dan! Thanks for sharing.

      • Dan Heim

        Thank you sir. Now doing one of your side tables with black finish.

  • Jacob

    Do you have an end table design to match this coffee table?

  • Cale Stewart

    Thanks for the great instructions. Now my wife wants me to build her a kitchen table, so I say it was a success!

    • haha thats how it all starts! But the table looks awesome! Happy budding man!

  • Sharitor

    Could you please let me know what kind of wood you used?

  • Zachary Allen Krengle

    First big project I’ve done since I was kid. Made me realize how much I miss making something and the sense of accomplishment from a finished project, thanks.