|Forum topic by Sailor||posted 07-14-2009 03:19 AM||945 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
07-14-2009 03:19 AM
I plan on building a workbench/outfeed table for my new table saw. I want to build a basic workbench capable of haldong a couple of vices and some storage below. I am thinking that I would be satisfied with a top made of 2 layers of 3/4” MDF topped with a sheet of hardboard, then trimmed with poplar or something simular.
In designing the bench I have come up with a few questions.
1. As for the framing, I have seen some tables built with 2×4’s and then some built with 3/4” plywood. I am thinking either double up some 2×4’s for the legs, maybe some 4×4’s for the legs, or either make the legs out of ply creating a L shape leg. Would the plywood be more cost efficient? I think some nice birch ply would look good, but would it be strong enough?
2. If I plan on adding a vice or two in the future, how much overhang should I have on the sides with the vice?
3. What are some of the best things to seal the bench with and the differences between them? I have read where some poly’s can be to slick and difficult to work on…...