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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 04-16-2012 03:47 AM 1072 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RussellAP

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04-16-2012 03:47 AM

So far I’ve gotten by with a couple of good sturdy horses with a sheet of 3/4 MDF on top, but lately I’ve had to use a hand planer and find that I need a bench that will stay put when I’m pushing the plane through a rough piece of work. Seeing that I’m on a smooth concrete floor, I have wondered if I build a nice solid bench, 4×4, would I just end up with the same problem, i.e. scooting the bench across the floor. I don’t want to make the bench weigh 500 lbs but if it’s lighter than about 200 lbs, I’m afraid I’ll just waste my time.

One of the advantages to the way I do it now is that I can take that bench out by just removing the MDF and stacking the horses somewhere. If you look at my workshop you can see what I’m talking about even though the pictures don’t have the MDF in them.

Ideally I’d like to keep the set up I have but find a way to make it more stable. Do you think a piece of carpet would keep it from scooting on me?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.


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waho6o9

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#1 posted 04-16-2012 03:54 AM

Put a back rail on it and lag it to the wall. Or french cleat it.

I had the same problem, then I lagged it to the wall. Now it’s solid. My bench is on wheels as well and it doesn’t move. When I want to move it, I remove the lags, and I’m mobile.

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RussellAP

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#2 posted 04-16-2012 03:56 AM

Waho6o9- I don’t have any wall space, I keep the power tools along the walls and put the bench out in the middle so I can get around all sides of it.
I have a two car garage, but it seems to get smaller everyday.

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#3 posted 04-16-2012 04:00 AM

Oops, got it.

I’d figure a way to C clamp it to the front rail of that bench against the wall. It would be solid as heck and wouldn’t move.

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#4 posted 04-16-2012 04:19 AM

Do you have enough room to turn so it can end butt against that back workbench? Make a frame so that MDF sheet will be even with it and you will have three sides to work from.

-- Deeds not Words.

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#5 posted 04-16-2012 04:41 AM

Harry, that bench isnt stable enough to help out. I just came up from the shop where I tied both horses together with some old warped two-by’s and screwed in the MDF, then set the whole thing on some carpet I had left over from a project. It’s better but we’ll see next time I go to hand plane something.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#6 posted 04-16-2012 06:44 AM

Looks like the choices are tie it to something solid, butt up against and push into something solid or make it weigh 500 #!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 04-16-2012 08:33 AM

Non-slip pads. Try them, you’ll be surprised how well they work.

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#8 posted 04-16-2012 10:10 AM

Get a 2×4, connect one end to the MDF top, connect the other end to the wall. You may need 2 connections for more stability. You can also drill holes in the 2×4 for some dogholes. I used to do this before I had a workbench.

Oh yeah, and you don’t need to physically attach it to the wall. You can build a stand at the end and put that against the wall, but it will take up more room.

-- Charles from California

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