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

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#1 posted 10-23-2018 10:00 PM

ok, I guess I’m still not understanding what’s going on with joints/screws and how weights is distributed. In the other thread about the meditation bench my takeaway was that screws were not as solid/a good choice as dowels or good joinery and so latter should be preferred wherever possible. That said maybe the issue was with end grain more than anything else and I was mixing that up when I posted this question.

In any case, at least from a theoretical perspective, if I have a rabbet joint and the stretcher is resting on the leg, and I put a heavy object in the middle of the table, I’d imagine the weight to be better distributed to the legs than if I screw the stretcher onto the side of the leg. In the latter case the force would be on the screw and transferred to the leg through that.

Then in practice this may not matter at all and there’s no reason to believe that the screw will eventually give (I was worried about this too, if over time the screw would have given and caused the top to no longer be true).

When it comes to stability/sturdiness, what about building with 1 2×4 vs doubling that as in the first design I posted? or using 1 board only makes sense if it’s a 2×6?

in any case I like the idea of practicing joinery as you suggested @lumbering_on, so I’ll do that.



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