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Karda

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06-15-2021 03:47 AM

I am in the process of building a small bench. I made the top and put it on saw horses, aside from being dumped twice it great. However I like the height 36” but I cut my legs to 32” and I can’t afford new legs. Any ideas how I can gain the 4” in leg height without sacrificing stability. Thanks


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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 06-15-2021 03:58 AM

32” legs under a 4” thick top is 36”

Need design specifics, re: how are you attaching top to bottom?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#2 posted 06-15-2021 04:05 AM

I did something similar. Bought 4 large hanger bolts at home depot, i forget size , maybe 3/8 or 1/2”. Anyways, they are really just keeping the pieces from tipping. All the load is straight onto the leg and add-on piece. Mine happen to be glued up 3.5”x3.5”. I can remove the 6” add-on to make my bench 32” for hand planing etc.

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Karda

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#3 posted 06-15-2021 04:19 AM

the top is .5” MDF on 2×4s, the legs set in the corner the actual thickness of the top is .5”. My legs are 3×3x32 ash

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#4 posted 06-15-2021 05:00 AM

32” legs under a 4” thick top is 36”
Need design specifics, re: how are you attaching top to bottom? -Smitty_Cabinetshop
+1

Easy way to make legs longer is change design, use something called a trestle base.
In simple terms, you piece of lumber over/under the current legs.
Random trestle leg pic grabbed from internet:

If you need even more height, can add feet pads under the trestle cross bar.
Added 1” to my bench with some walnut scraps. :-)

I used pinned M&T to connect the legs to base/top, but you could use loose tenon, or dowels; to avoid need for longer legs.

Best Luck.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#5 posted 06-15-2021 05:59 AM

thats a good idea, but the connections are end grain. I’m not doing M&T

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Sylvain

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#6 posted 06-15-2021 09:21 AM

“I’m not doing M&T”

It is not that difficult. And it doesn’t need to be perfect for a workbench.
“THE” video about how to chop a mortise:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_NXq7_TILA
make the jump you won’t regret it.

Use an alignment jig: https://paulsellers.com/2017/12/devloping-mortise-alignment-jig/

as seen on the 2nd CaptainKlutz picture, you can add two cross bars.
Note that you can adjust the height by adding layers on the top bar.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#7 posted 06-15-2021 09:36 AM



thats a good idea, but the connections are end grain. I m not doing M&T

- Karda

At the scale of a bench leg, the MT joint is more of a hack and slash affair with little need for finesse. You could simply set the legs into a dado on the foot and drive it home with a lag bolt from underneath. A long foot under each end will actually do great things for stability (eliminating twist when you work the bench hard).

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#8 posted 06-15-2021 12:49 PM

Trestle cross bars are the way to go, I agree with many of the comments above.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#9 posted 06-15-2021 01:34 PM

If you don’t want to do M&T, just use a couple of 3/4 or 1” dowels. You could even drill through from the bottom with the bottom sitting on and clamped to the leg. That way, if you don’t get it exactly straight, it will still go in and be perfectly aligned. Drill the bottom holes first (on the drill press if you can) and the use them sort of like drill guides to go into the bottom of the leg. You can do that final step with them laying sideways on the bench so it doesn’t have to be balanced awkwardly while you drill and easier to keep square.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#10 posted 06-15-2021 03:22 PM

Good alternative Lazyman.
Sometimes no other choice to make repairs.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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Karda

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#11 posted 06-15-2021 04:07 PM

thanks for the dowels I never thought of that, I can drill the leg in a 2 screw vise. I just hope i don’t get them all glued and find they are wrong. My legs are ash so they are going to be a nightmare to work with thanks Mike

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#12 posted 06-15-2021 04:35 PM

You could also go looking around the area for hardwood pallets. Find a couple that are long enough to use and make new legs, or a pedestal base. The cost is right too, free.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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Karda

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#13 posted 06-15-2021 06:46 PM

that is an idea

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#14 posted 06-16-2021 10:24 PM

4 hockey pucks and some 1/2 ix 6 inch carriage bolts. Hockey pucks make great leveling feet and are quite stable I had a 19” bandsaw perched on a set. They are dense enough to easily drill on a drill press. Some 1/2 inch bolts, washers, nuts and done.

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Karda

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#15 posted 06-16-2021 10:26 PM

hockey pucks never would have thought but yea they would do the job

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