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Posted on top 2x4 lamination on edge rather than face, bad idea?

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#1 posted 10-24-2018 08:20 PM

thanks all, lots of good insight, there seems to be a lot of consensus that 24” would be enough which works for me. The only doubt is because I’m building this space not just for myself so I’m wondering if a 30” bench could more easily accommodate two people working.

@Smitty_Cabinetshop , I thought that may be the case and yes, I’d have to remove the round edges anyway so it makes no diff to work with 2×10s, the issue has to do with availability. Around here there aren’t any mills, only two bigbox stores and one has only 2×4s and the other has 2×10 in doug fir but it’s all green wood and I don’t think that’s appropriate.

@Lazyman, yes and yes, I accounted for the smaller dimension and design, in fact the link I posted in my other thread about “one 2×4 frame to rule them all” was just about that, using 2×4s to cheat on the joints. Here it is again in case you care to comment on it:

https://lookinto.com/home/48842/diy-workbench-you-can-build-for-under-100-home

the main question I have about that design was prompted by @LesB regarding lateral stability. He suggested cross braces or plywood sides, but I’d really like to keep it all open to maintain access to the storage underneath.

what do people think?

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