Cantilever workbench for building fishing rods

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Forum topic by FARRIER posted 01-29-2018 02:47 PM 1288 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2018 02:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cantilever workbench rod building bench rod building

I am trying to design a simple cantilever workbench for making fishing rods which doubles as a sturdy workbench for light to medium tasks. I plan on anchoring a frame to my studs and workng out from there. I need the legs to be at or around the midpoint to allow continuous rolling as I am working on fishing rods. I am wondering if I will need diagonal bracing from the front of the bench to the legs. The bench is 10’ long and 24” deep. I have 2×4 on hand but was told 2×6 is also a great option for my frame. I attached a few sketches thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 01-29-2018 05:45 AM

I think your 2×4s would be more than adequate with 3/4 plywood braces. You might consider using lag bolts to attach to the studs,

-- Sawdust Maker

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#2 posted 01-30-2018 12:45 AM

The 2×4 s will work fine unless you intend to stand on the top of the bench. Just be sure to get the height correct so you are comfortable sitting for long periods of time when you are wrapping those fishing rods. It is tedious work and you don’t want your back or neck bent at a bad angle. Although you chiropractor will enjoy seeing you…..

I use to make my own rods but I used a portable rod holding frame that sat across the arms of my recliner so I could watch TV while doing the wrapping work. If I still did it I would get a motor driven rod rotator. As I recall I spent hours rotating the rods while the epoxy cured on the wrappings.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 01-30-2018 01:32 AM

I think you’re just fine to put those legs where you want them. Sure the front edge doesn’t have direct support, but houses get framed with 2×4’s so they are more than enough to support the foot or so from the legs to the front.

I think the diagonal is not necessary at all if you have legs.

Given you want those legs out of the way, I’d consider not having legs, and just running the diagonal all the way to the wall. You’d get plenty of support at the front edge, and no legs at all. Of course the diagonal needs to be well attached to the wall.

I’m not sure what your proposed spacing is between legs (or diagonals). But every 4 ft should be good with 2×4 construction. And I wouldn’t hesitate to have a 6 foot span.

FYI, becasue of the legs, the workbench is not a cantilever design. It would be a cantilever design if the only support were from the wall.

-- Clin

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#4 posted 01-30-2018 03:39 AM

I would simplify.

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#5 posted 01-30-2018 03:59 AM

Thanks for the replies. I’ll get after some revisions.

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#6 posted 02-13-2018 10:59 PM

Thanks for the help you all. Here is the finished product.

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#7 posted 02-14-2018 12:30 AM

Bench looks good!

-- Rick M,

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