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Forum topic by kparrott posted 04-18-2012 08:05 PM 1303 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-18-2012 08:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bench support construction question

I’m finishing my variation of the $175 Workbench and I just realized that I missed seeing the top lateral stretchers in the bench plans. I’m dang near done and was hoping to join the top and bottom tonight. The bench is made from SYP, top is laminated 2” x 6”, 2’ x 5’-8”; the legs are each (2) laminated 2” x 4” x 25”; lower lateral stretchers are 2” x 4” x 2’ tenons; and the medial stretchers are 2” x 8” x 4’ through tenons. So my question is, is it neccessary to have top lateral stretchers?

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#1 posted 04-18-2012 08:50 PM

I would say, yes, but I’m not sure why from a physics/engineering standpoint. Depending upon how you affix the top, I could envision the top expansion prying your legs apart from one another. Heck, you’re in this deep; toss them on there. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 04-20-2012 04:55 PM

Yes, their a vital part in preventing the bench from racking. Something I failed to do on my bench and while its solid it racks on me a bit.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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