Workbench leg placement

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Forum topic by I_love_lamp posted 07-26-2018 02:42 PM 1126 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-26-2018 02:42 PM

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I’m building a workbench and wondering what difference leg position has on the stability (if any). I’m just seeing if there is a difference in stability between having the legs at the extreme corners like this:

Versus having the legs offset from the extreme corners, like this:

The attached images are just to show the difference in where the legs meet the table, they aren’t the designs I am doing. If it helps, my base will be:

2 4×4 legs attached to each other with two 2×6s using mortise and tenons.
Paired to the same setup on the other end by 2 2×6s that span the length of the table.
Attached to tabletop with figure-8 fasteners.
I really appreciate any help, thanks!

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#1 posted 07-26-2018 02:44 PM

The second option would allow for vise add-ons, clamping work from each edge, etc. Your stability will come from a level surface and heavy build. That first option would limit a lot of work.

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#2 posted 07-26-2018 02:49 PM

Thanks for your reply. Just what I was looking for.

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#3 posted 07-26-2018 03:07 PM

I agree, the 2nd bench will be more work to put together but it will allow for an easier time with clamps and projects in general going forward. Your description of the design you want to build definitely makes the 2nd style easier.

One other point? The second style of workbench lets you stand right at the edge and not kick leg with your toes. Not that I have any experience with that or anything….

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