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Forum topic by Winny94 posted 05-18-2021 11:00 PM 266 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Winny94

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05-18-2021 11:00 PM

Im adding a drop leaf to my multi purpose reloading/workbench to get a bit more length for panel work. Does anyone have a recommendation for the leaf supports? This leaf needs to be robust as I plan to use it as an true extension of the bench, not just for outfeed use, which seems to be the most common use for drop leafs im finding.


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Jim2020

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#1 posted 05-19-2021 12:01 AM

Not really sure how “robust” you need. When I’ve used drop leaves for work surface, I’ve used gate leg arrangements. Usually solid plywood panels that swing out to support each bench side. Hope this helps. Jim

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#2 posted 05-23-2021 08:21 PM

Not sure if it’s any help, but I was going to borrow an idea I saw on Reddit. The OP used heavy duty folding shelf brackets for a workbench. I’m not excited about the price of the 550lb rated ones, but I’m assuming they’re sturdy enough for any sort of work that I’d be doing. There are much cheaper versions out there on Amazon and the like. I just worry a bit on quality.

https://www.mcmaster.com/folding-shelf-brackets/

For myself, it would make it so there wouldn’t be a need for extra support.

Here’s the post I was talking about: https://www.reddit.com/r/Workbenches/comments/li36ar/folding_top_is_done_door_still_need_to_be/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf

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#3 posted 05-23-2021 08:51 PM

Just add folding legs. One of the table saws at work has this and when it’s up, you can’t even tell it’s an extension.

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#4 posted 05-23-2021 09:30 PM

Last time i needed them I found the best deal at an RV store.

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CWWoodworking

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#5 posted 05-23-2021 11:58 PM



Last time i needed them I found the best deal at an RV store.

- SMP

Be careful with RV parts if it will see heavy use. RV parts are generally poor quality. I worked at an RV repair shop. Constantly battled poor parts.

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