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Forum topic by Kevlar posted 08-13-2014 06:22 PM 941 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2014 06:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: work bench dowels pocket holes

I am exhausted – reading, researching, designing in my head and making every design fail for one reason or another.

Here is my self-imposed dilemma….I want to build a basic workbench to hold my 10” drill press and 12” compound miter saw; in my mind, I am concerned with the weight of both machines and any stress that may be created from drilling or chopping – hence loosening any joints or fasteners that I may use. (Butt joints, screws, wood glue and screws, pocket joints, dowels, etc.)

I have seen many designs that may work – I just don’t want to take the plunge and then have some sort of catastrophic failure. My table dimensions are to be 24” deep x 48” wide x 37” tall (mating against my table saw).

The drill press table will be left aligned (90 degrees) at the depth (off center) and the CMS will be butted forward and on the right of the table. This will allow me to create an extension table/stop block to the left. Being 37” tall, I believe there should be little (??)

concerns for tipping (will be resting on 3” caster wheels as I have a small shop and need to be mobile) but just not sure.

Want to use 2×4’s – thinking of doubling the 2’s to make 4×4 legs and then brace the top and shelf via dados; the lower dado will be 3” from the ground.

SO – If I cut the dados, build the shelves with pocket screws (and glue) and drop them into the dados with more glue and screws…will this be enough? Alternatively I have thought of Screws and Dowels.

Sorry for the crude image, just starting to learn Sketch-up…..would be quicker to build something! Like an Ark… ;-)

Thanks for any feedback.

-- ~ Wiqar

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#1 posted 08-13-2014 07:10 PM

That will be more than strong enough. I’ve used less bracing to hold 500 lb motorcycles than that design with no issues.

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#2 posted 08-13-2014 07:17 PM

It looks fine….I might add some cross bracing in the back and on the ends to keep it from racking any at all.

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#3 posted 08-13-2014 08:27 PM

If I understand your drawing, you are making lap joints where there are spaces left open in the doubled 2×4 legs?
If that is what you are doing, that’s super strong and will need no dowels or pocket screws at all.
I built my base for my drill press like that and it is solid as a rock.

There was a project on here about a year ago where this type construction was detailed very well. I’ll try to find that and post a link.
Here’s the link. Study the way this was built.
It is super strong, very easy, and can be adapted to any size and shape within reason.
Here is one picture from the link. There are many more. Good stuff.

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