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

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#1 posted 10-24-2018 03:07 AM

@lumbering_on, thanks for the link, I had seen stuff about pilot holes for softwood, but never knew about the difference when doing the same for hardwood, hopefully one day I’ll have some of that goodness to work with, for now it’s just out of budget.

@LesB, thank you for the note on lateral stability, hadn’t thought of it. when you say first drawing tho, do you mean the first picture or the first link? I’d like to keep the back at least open because it will be in the middle of the shop and I want the bottom shelf to be accessible either side. Would ply or cross-bracing on sides enough? alternatively would it be enough if I just added supports, which I planned to do anyway, like in this picture?

@LesB, also about the replaceable MDF part, how do you attach it to the ply so that it can be easily removed? from other designs I was thinking of using an hardened tempered panel (HD lingo, not sure what else to call it, but seems to be the thing ppl use).

@ChefHDAN, thanks for the additional design, had not seen it, I may use that approach for the single-tool carts, I’m just honestly surprised that something with that little support and thickness could be so sturdy.

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