An unbridled breed of sawhorse arrives
- The San Francisco Chronicle, 09/13/2009

Part of the appeal of sawhorse tables lies in the design's industrious intent: In carpentry shops and on construction sites, the sawhorse - four legs diverging from a central beam - would be topped by a sheet of plywood to form an impromptu (and inexpensive) work surface.

But a slew of new sawhorse tables on the market are turning a functional design into a stylish mainstay for living and dining.

In May, Jonathan Adler began selling the Sawhorse Dining Table for $3,200 (jonathanadler.com). The tabletop is made of hand-planed walnut and rests on a pair of trestles, whose strong lines lend a modern edge to an otherwise rustic piece. At 8 feet long, 36 inches wide and 30 inches tall, it can double as a dining table and a desk. Should you want something on a smaller scale, the 15-inch-tall Sawhorse Cocktail Table is available for $1,250.

If Jonathan Adler's designs are out of your price range, consider these two options from West Elm: The first is the so-called Sawhorse Worktable, whose glass top lends a lightness to the dark nickel finish of the steel-plated legs. At 60 inches wide, 28 inches deep and 29 3/4 inches tall, the table, which retails for $449, can fit easily into a small studio. For those who gravitate toward a softer, earthier aesthetic, West Elm also sells the Sawhorse Worktable in a blond sungkai wood veneer. While the table is slightly smaller in size (it's 23 1/2 inches deep and half an inch shorter), you'll pay more ($549) for the materials (westelm.com).

But no matter what your budget permits, these simple sawhorse tables will do the design work for you.

Jonathan Adler Sawhorse Dining Table $3200

West Elm Sawhorse Worktable $449