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It’s even more smooth than it would’ve been because it basically breaks the sharp edges at the point where the joints meet. After sanding especially, it’s extremely smooth on each edge.
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65" long , by 28" wide and 5" thick. It weighs a bit over 200 lbs alone. This build could be done with a 3 inch top though and still be plenty sturdy.
Your best bet to secure things to the top is a combination of dogs in the vise, holdfasts and does feet. You can make dogs yourself from dowels ( a technique I’ll show in the next video) or you can buy them. All in on this bench i only have about $100 in lumber. The vises are quite expensive but you can add them down the road and get what you can a little at a time. Hope this helps!
I probably only have about $80-$100 in all the lumber in this whole build. The vises and accessories are where the money is! But its still a win over buying a comprable bench for $2000 or more and you cant customize it to your work flow.
Uncle Frogy is right, an assembly table and a workbench are two different things. You see the thick top, and deep apron ( on the other side of this bench in embedded video) are all designed to hold wood. The bench is a jig, not a table. It is the most useful and largest jig, but a jig nonetheless that has the capability to hold wood so that you can work on the 3 surfaces of a board: end, face or side. I dont have the dog holes in this bench on the top yet, but i will make another video/instructable on the logic of where to place those holes.
NA, Just a couple sawhorses and a piece of plywood would suffice in a pinch. And you could clamp the stretchers to a 2x4 to cut the mortise and tennon joints.
Oh, sorry, the dog holes in top will be done in a separate video to go over my logic of where to place them. And ill have a few more things in that video. I just didn't want this video to end up being an hour long, so it will be 4-5 videos that go into detail on certain areas. Theyll follow soon .
I got them from woodcraft and the specific ones are linked in the description of the video.
I dont care about messing it up. While i wouldnt do anything intentional to mar it, i understand that its a workbench and meant to be worked on and eventually ill have to resurface and refinish it. Thats why i made the top a full 5" thick. Thanks for watching!
They are from Woodcraft and are made especially to make big, heavy workbenches mobile. If i remember correctly they are rated at 110 lbs each so your bench could weigh 440 pounds. Mine is Just north of 300lbs and would be quite difficult to move without them.
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