|Forum topic by BinghamtonEd||posted 11-20-2014 02:19 PM||1891 views||0 times favorited||30 replies|
11-20-2014 02:19 PM
So I managed to score some hard-to-come-by time in the garage tomorrow afternoon, about 3 hours, and my goal is to get an apron on my workbench. The bench top is 2 layers of 3/4” MDF, with a replaceable 3/16” hardboard top. It sits on top of a 90”x21” span of cabinets I made. The top itself is 96”x24”.
My plan is to purchase a 12-foot 2×12 of douglas fir, if I can find one with the pith in the center, then rip 3” or 4” wide boards from it. If I can’t find a good 2×12, I’ll adjust my approach to use what good lumber I can find. I will wrap the top in that, and my face vise will have the rear jaw behind it.
Here are my questions :
1 .) Ideally I would have the MDF top overhang the cabinets by 3”, and drill the holes in the overhang, 1.5” out on center. My concern is having them in the 3” of unsupported MDF, however 3” is not that much.
2.) Drill the dog holes in the apron, however I’d need to double up the apron on the front, and I’m concerned that putting stress on the apron repeatedly, where it isn’t supported, will eventually cause the apron to work loose from the MDF.
3.) Trim the MDF back, flush with the cabinet front, so that the dog holes are over the inside of the cabinet. I could easily put in a guard so shavings and dust don’t fall into the drawers below. The apron would be flush with the cabinet, but I could still clamp to it as I chose to leave the top drawer slots empty since the apron would overhang them.
Second question :
What’s a good way to attach this apron? I could just glue/clamp. I also have a partial box of #6 SPAX MDF screws that could help as an extra set of hands to keep things aligned. I have a biscuit joiner. I do not have a bit to cut a groove for a spline. I’m thinking the glue and screws should be sufficient if the apron isn’t being used for dog holes as well.
Enough rambling. Thoughts?
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