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tinsingh 05-20-2013 11:36 PM

Reinforcement for work bench legs
 
Hi,

I built this work bench where the legs are bolted to the top with two bolts for each leg.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/95980208@N08/8761535368/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/95980208@N08/8761529108/

Do I need to do anything else to insure the legs stay straight? Any other reinforcement that you can recommend?

Thanks

GBrackins 05-21-2013 07:58 AM

I may be wrong but it appears in the first photo you only have one bolt/lag attaching the leg to the frame on the side and one in the back, I would use two. if this is a freestanding work bench I'd probably use some cross bracing across the back to provide more lateral stability, and a 2x at the bottom of the legs on the sides.

SquishyBall 05-21-2013 08:11 AM

I agree, add a 2nd bolt from each direction. Add stretchers at the bottom. Then put a shelf in down there and it's useful storage space.

GBrackins 05-21-2013 08:12 AM

shelf would be a nice addition, can be used for storage or a place for your feet when sitting down at the bench

Willie T 05-21-2013 09:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GBrackins (Post 1183943)
shelf would be a nice addition, can be used for storage or a place for your feet when sitting down at the bench

Short legs?

GBrackins 05-21-2013 09:28 AM

no, tall stool .... :laughing:

tinsingh 05-21-2013 09:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GBrackins (Post 1183933)
I may be wrong but it appears in the first photo you only have one bolt/lag attaching the leg to the frame on the side and one in the back, I would use two. if this is a freestanding work bench I'd probably use some cross bracing across the back to provide more lateral stability, and a 2x at the bottom of the legs on the sides.

Thanks Gary. I am a beginner wood worker.

Each leg does has 2 bolts, one on each side. Did you mean 4 bolts per leg?

What would a cross bracing and a stretcher look like?

GBrackins 05-21-2013 10:32 AM

yes, 4 bolts/lags total each leg.

take a 1x4 and attach it to the lower end of one back leg and run it across the back to the top of the other back leg, then repeat in opposite. it'll look like an X in the back. this helps with the side to side lateral stability if this is a free standing work bench. if you're attaching it to a wall you won't need it.

the only stretchers I'm familiar with are the ones we used when I worked EMS :laughing:

squish will explain

Oso954 05-22-2013 12:40 PM

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Stretchers are a brace between two legs of a table, chair, etc which are keeping the legs from spreading.
In the attached photo, the four 2x4's near the bottom of the legs.

GBrackins 05-22-2013 02:43 PM

which would be perfect for a plywood shelf


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