|Forum topic by groland||posted 06-29-2010 05:50 AM||970 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
06-29-2010 05:50 AM
I am building a workbench for making furniture. I am getting close to finishing the base, but now, I’m having second thoughts about my design. I need to make a decision about this before I glue things up.
I decided to make a heavy bench of red oak. End trestles are ca. 3” square stock with through-mortise and tenon joints. I plan to draw-bore and glue these joints, so I expect that’ll be fine. I have a heavy top of laminated ash that’ll be over 2” thick when done. I have a set of stretchers between the trestles at the bottom ca. 2” x 6”.
I am wondering if this will be enough bracing—whether I ought to add two more stretchers at the top? I thought the workbench top, bolted into the trestles, would be adequate to stabilize the whole, would serve as stretchers, but now I am wondering if I bolt that top on solidly enough to serve that purpose, that expansion and contraction of the top may cause problems.
I believe I have seen designs that use a heavy laminated top and dispense with an upper set of stretchers.
What say you?