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Posted on one 2x4 frame to rule them all (workbench design)

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#1 posted 10-23-2018 09:21 PM

If you want, I can post the references to show you how strong screws are, but suffice to say that one #8 screw is capable of safely bearing around 90lbs, and that’s rated at 40% of its actual shear strength. Not only that, most of the weight will be resting directly on the legs as wood distributes the weight evenly over the surface.

In other words, there is no issue with using screws. However, I would strongly suggest you use this to practice your joints as it’s a cheap project and doesn’t have to look good. It’s an ideal way to try something to improve your skills.

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