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

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#1 posted 10-26-2018 06:56 PM

thanks for chiming in @AlinOH.

At this point I’m wondering about a basic design principle: is it the case that to make a stable box (workbench in this case) you need 3 sides (back and 2 later sides) enclosed or braced? even in the case of a metal shelf I fixed for the shop it was wobbly until I added the 3 side panels. However pretty much 99% of all the woodworking benches I’ve seen are not, especially the roubos or nicholsons of the woodworking world. Are those ok because all the aprons and stretchers are massive in size with tenon joints? or more simply it’s just a matter of using tenon joints instead of screwing things together like in the first pic?


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