After not having any time to “make noise” in the shop lately, I finally sneaked in a few minutes to test out my new circular saw and break down some sheet goods for my new bench. The big result is that my bench top is finally starting to come together. The top will be a 1.5” thick MDF 2’ X 8’ sheet (two 3/4” pieces glued up) with a laminate counter placed over that. I am using the counter top by itself as a bench top now, and I absolutely love working on the surface, but it just isn’t rigid or massive enough.
I am building the legs from 2X stock ripped down to 3” and biscuit jointed into an L. There will be diagonal supports from the legs to the outside edges of the bench for lateral stability, but also to allow a large open area under the bench for storage of a rolling assembly table which I hope to get around to at some indeterminate point in the future!
I’ll post pics sometime soon, but things are starting to move along.
-- David from Indiana --