|Forum topic by BradO||posted 01-08-2014 04:42 PM||1759 views||1 time favorited||22 replies|
01-08-2014 04:42 PM
Hello to the wonderful LJ community! Thank you so much for all of the information you’ve provided so far as I lurked through your forum archives.
I’m 99% new to woodworking (I’ve built a few rickety skateboard and bike jumps as a kid) and I’m trying it out as a new hobby as well as a way to keep me busy through these cold Cleveland winters. My first project is a workbench. So far I’ve done a lot of research on woodworking (mostly here) and using SketchUp. It’s been a lot of fun so far and a great departure from what I’m normally into. I know I can simply go to the big box stores and pick up a kit but I want to use this project as a way to learn a few different techniques and I like the added bonus of it being custom to fit my garage space. I’ll be using it as a general purpose bench for projects like changing the brakes on the cars, putting together things for the kids, fixing pieces from around the house, throwing a vise on it to “adjust” some bent pieces on my truck and probably a lot of other things.
Here’s what I’ve drawn out:
The basics are:
Here is the top:
Here is the frame:
I tried to avoid butt joints everywhere so the stringers, legs and supports are connected by half laps:
The side support 4×4’s are connected to the legs with 1” dowels:
What this results in is a frame that looks really intimidating to me:
And legs that look like even more fun:
Note that I also have a sloped garage floor for drainage (measured it to be roughly 1 degree) so the legs will also be different lengths and have angled bottoms:
I want to settle on the design before I worry about how to make it. It looks over-engineered to me but I like the idea that it would be rock solid and hold up to anything.
What I need from the community are your opinions. What do you see here that may be causes for concern in relation to the design?
What would you change?
Are any of these joints going to weaken the structure? The legs have half laps cut into both sides and I’m curious if that’s a bad idea.
Would I be looking at issues with the top over time with this much overhang?
I have no problem with this project being a stretch for my abilities. I want to use it as a learning opportunity. That being said, have I bitten off more than I can chew with this design?
I think it would be really cool not to have to use any fasteners to hold the frame together but I’m assuming these joints won’t be strong enough without them (but what do I know??). Does this need fasteners? If it will need them, what do you suggest?