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Posted on Best Work Bench Design for Hand Tools? Your thoughts.

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crank49

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#1 posted 09-10-2012 03:41 PM

The HF bench top is probably less than 3/4” thick. Just has an edge that makes it look thick. Then You couldn’t get much cheaper than the base that comes with it. Whole thing is a waste of time in my opinion, for anything more than a general purpose table to screw to a wall.

I made my bench top out of two sheets of 3/4”(23/32) cabinet grade sandply. It is not bad material, 7 laminations, exterior glue, no voids or patches. My top is 24×90 and 3 1/2” thick including the replaceable masonite top layer. I banded it with 1×4 maple and it looks great to me. Don’t know anything else that I would have liked better.

I made my legs and stretchers all out of laminated plywood as well. Easy to make tennons and through mortices by leaving gaps in the layers. The whole thing weighs about 300 lbs and is rock solid. Materials were less than $300.

-- Michael :-{| Don't anthropomorphise your tools, they hate it when you do that.


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