One of the challenges of small space living is having to find room to do "workshop" type projects. When we redid our desk during the January Jumpstart (thats right, dead of winter, in Chicago) we had to work down in our unheated, communal basement - not so fun. BUT, in June it's a whole new story...
While working on a project that required lots of power sawing of wood this weekend, we moved operations outdoors and it was a great solution...plenty of room, easy cleanup, and the enjoyment of chatting with neighbors and balmy breezes.
We purchased these two steel sawhorses from Home Depot to create a large worktable and are very happy with the purchase. The sawhorses were inexpensive ($19.99 each), super sturdy, adjustable, solidly made and they fold up to a very compact size for storage in between projects.
We simply combined them with a simple c clamp, a sheet of plywood and a good long extension cord running from our apartment and we were all set.