The Trojan Workcenter has been around longer than some carpenters. Mitch Greenlaw, owner of Greenlaw Construction, in Twain Harte, Calif., has had his Workcenter for 20 years and still uses it almost every day. The concept is simple: Two pairs of collapsible legs firmly clamp to a 2-by rail, which you supply; there’s an MDF saw table and two adjustable support rollers that clamp to the top of the rail. Your choice of lumber determines the height and length of the stand, so it’s incredibly versatile. Assembly takes minutes, and the individual parts minus the 2-by can store on a shelf.

When the clamping screws stripped on Greenlaw’s saw table, he cut a larger top, so it could hold other tools, and replaced the stock mounting bracket with two opposing pairs of shelf brackets that slide over the 2-by rail. Now he just screws or clamps the table to the rail. The Workcenter doesn’t include stops, so he made a simple,...

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