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Old 05-21-2013, 12:36 AM   #1
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Hi,

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

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

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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.

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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.
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shelf would be a nice addition, can be used for storage or a place for your feet when sitting down at the bench
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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?
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no, tall stool ....
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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?

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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

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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.
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which would be perfect for a plywood shelf

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