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#1 posted 08-04-2017 03:15 PM

Any tips to make this bench more solid?
Thanks for your advice.
Best regards, John

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John, depending on what you intend to use it for that might be too lightweight, irrespective of the strength of your joints. If it’s going to be mainly used as a table to assemble on, that’s fine, and 1” to 1-1/2” tenons will be plenty.

However, if you intend to use it as a real workbench to work wood on, like planing, etc, it’s too light and will tend to slide around. You can add weight by putting in a bottom shelf and loading it with power tools, or whatever you have to store there, but I’d consider beefier legs and aprons. I’d add stretchers too.

-- My grandfather always said that when one door closes, another one opens. He was a wonderful man, but a lousy cabinet maker

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