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I got tired of working on the floor or uneven/awkward surfaces so I built this basic work bench. With my neighbors help I was able to run 12 gauge wire down the center powering 4 grounded outlets (2 on each end). Lockable rolling casters on the feet have proven to be a God-send as I push this thing around my shop all the time, either to make space for glue-ups or simply to give me the ideal light depending on where I'm working on what. If I were to build it again I would include an end-vice but that's about it.

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Nice looking bench! simple, very functional!
 

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I like the size…. big enough fro most anything.

How is the top braced underneath? Is it a single layer of plywood or double?
 

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The top is really heavy. From top to bottom:

3/4" ply

6 equally spaced 2×4's laid on their side

5/8" ply

strips of 5/8" ply to make up the difference, aka to bring the bottom around the perimiter flush with the clear pine trim that go around the sides.

The table sits right on top of the posts, which are just glued up 2×4's cut down to 3"x3". The table itself is bolted from below to the legs using lag bolts. This is accompolished by a 2×2 that is glued to the edge of a 2×6 that joints each pair of legs at the ends. Before I bolted it together the table wasn't quite flat, but bolting is pulled it right into shape.
 

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That will do the trick! Good job!
Looks like you have a lot of room to work too!
 

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Great workbench. Thanks for the post.
 

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It looks great. I wish I had the space for one that big. If it were mine, I'd put a sheet of tempered hardboard over the top as a sacrificial surface. When it gets too beat up, you flip it. When it gets too beat up the second time, you replace it.

Do the casters lock?
 

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Yes, the casters do lock, that was a must. Re the surface, I don't mind to much if it gets beat up. It is a workbench after all. ;-)
 

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That is a nice bench. Having it on casters is a bonus too. Your version has a large working area and being able to move it around the shop is a good idea.
 

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Are you happy with the locking casters? I used them on my router table and didn't really feel like it wanted to stay put when feeding stock. I wound up replacing 2 of the casters with wooden feet, and just lift that side to move the table. Maybe something as heavy as your bench looks doesn't have this problem (or maybe I picked the wrong casters).
 

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I basically used some small cheap lockable casters I found at Lowes. I'm quite pleased with how they worked out,but i can see how they might be awkward for a lighter setup, like a router table. Since this table is so heavy even when they are not locked you have to really put your weight behind it to move it around, in fact, I usually don't bother to even lock them.
 
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