Workbench build #3: Question about 21st century workbench.

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Blog entry by curliejones posted 11-25-2016 01:03 PM 1099 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m building a version of this bench and having trouble finding info since it was a 2008 pub. Can anyone tell me how the boxes that serve as a toll well are supported? Is there simply a solid tool well that the boxes sit in? or, are there wide supports connecting the two halves of the top that would be secure enough to keep the boxes from falling to the floor if the shift a bit? On the first you would not see the floor; on the second you would see the floor but have strips of wood at the ends of where the boxes sit.( Three boxes would require 4 supports).
Thanks to you LJs for considering my query!

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#1 posted 11-25-2016 11:39 PM

Hi Curlie, I have the original article. The boxes are supported by cleats that are attached to the underside of each bench top section.

Also, Popular Woodworking has a SketchUp model for the workbench that should answer all questions you might have about its construction:

I’d be happy to share my PDF of the article if you would like.

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#2 posted 11-26-2016 01:16 PM

Thanks Rich Taylor for your comments. Call me a bit slow, but after messaging Horizontal Mike who built one of these, I finally get it. The supports for the tool tray boxes run lengthwise of the bench, making it “impossible”? (I use that loosely) for the tool tray boxes to fall thru to the next level be that on a lower shelf or the floor if no shelf. I was previously picturing cleats running in the front to rear direction to support the boxes at their ends. The correct methods supports the boxes along their length (more support). I currently have my two top halves laminated and can now go ‘bout designing the base for my hybrid of this bench.

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