|Forum topic by CM02WS6||posted 08-20-2015 12:47 PM||667 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
08-20-2015 12:47 PM
Looking for some input on my workbench design. My goal is to have a relatively simple build, yet strong and stable. The pictures below show a lot of the details for my current concept.
First, I’ve already decided on several elements of the build. The top will be a solid core door with a piece of MDF layed on top, and a vise on one end. The structure will be made of 2-by construction lumber, planed to 1.375” thick and then laminated to get the thicker pieces. The joinery will be rabbets and dados, fastened with Spax Powerlags. The whole thing will be on casters. Finally, I want it to have drawers, but the size and location are flexible.
What I would like feedback on is your opinion on the structural integrity of this design concept. I’ve currently got one single long stretcher spanning the two sets of legs. I’m concerned that top may not be totally stable with only the stiffness of the solid core door in the area above the drawers. The span between the two sets of legs is 35”, so I don’t think it is too long, but I really don’t know. That piece is also 6” tall for added vertical stiffness. The alternative is to put the long stretchers in a more conventional configuration on the front and back, as opposed to just the middle as shown now. That means the drawers would have to be lowered. Although not the end of the world, I wanted to keep them tucked up under to preserve space on the shelf.
Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks!!