|Project by UrbaneHillbilly||posted 02-08-2010 04:02 AM||1835 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
This is a stouter bench mounted to the wall. The outside is cantilevered. I wanted to cantilever the middle as well, but I also wanted the bench to be 30” deep and that was easier to do with legs. The legs look a little weird at this angle, but they are quite stout. I did them in two pieces to allow for adjustment if the the garage floor, wall or wood move at all with the seasons. The legs are set back from the front edge by 10” or so to achieve some of the advantages of cantilevers—namely not kicking the legs as you move around the bench. The top frame is also a torsion box to help keep things square and add stoutness without a lot of weight.
The main wood is spruce. Spruce 2X12X8s here in Vermont can be had for less than $6 each and my yard lets me sort ‘em for the ones I want. The 2X12s are nice and flat and I just rip out of them what I need. The bench tops are 3/4”, dark brown press board that is very heavy and can be replaced easily if it wears. It is also a suitable surface for sketching, which I do a lot of. I used less than 3 2X12X8s and the total wood cost including the fiber press board was $36. About another $10 in hardware got ‘er done.
I did jump up and down on it….didn’t budge.