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My shop is in our single car garage, and there's not much room when the car is in there. My existing workbench is a piece of inch thick melamine covered particle board that used to be a desktop, screwed to a 2×4 frame. It's solid, but larger than I would like, and I can only clamp to the edges.

I like the idea of the Paulk workbench, but a regular one is way too big for my space. So this one is 2 feet by 4 feet, and made with 3/4 ply. I initially put î together with glued and screwed butt joints. Once the glue was dry, I took out the screws, drilled the holes out, and glued in 3/8 dowels (which was probably overkill). I didn't want any metal in the bench top, as I have accidentally cut into existing bench too on more than one occasion.

The legs are based on the Moravian workbench here ( https://woodandshop.com/moravianworkbench/ ). I kind of screwed up and didn't cut the mortises at the right angle, and so cut the tenons on the 2×6 crossmembers at an angle to fit. I didn't want to mess with tusk tenons, so the crossmembers have 1/4-20 threaded inserts in them, and are bolted into the mortises with carriage bolts and shop-made star knobs. The leg assembly is bolted to the benchtop with a 3/8-16 bolt in the top of each leg, also with a threaded insert. The benchtop was given s few coats of water based poly.

The test-clamp shown is a cheap Harbor Freight clamp heated and bent with a mapp gas torch. It works, but the bend tends to flex more than I like, so with probably try a different approach.

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Sturdy looking bench. I like the hold-down idea. Great design.
 

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You'll love working with this bench. You really did a good job on it. My workbench was my first big project and it continues to be my favorite and 'most used' tool in my shop. Congratulations
 

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That is a really nice hybrid. Nice job combining the traits of the two.
 

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Ha! I have the plans for both, but never thought to combine them. Very nice! Great idea.
 

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It looks plenty sturdy and nicely done. Congratulations!
 
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