> On Jul 28, 2021, at 2:18 PM, Brian Ward wrote:
> I dunno. If I were in your shoes, and knowing what I know now, I would still
build my own. Perhaps relevantly, I made a curious experiment last year that is
a bit under four feet long with a 2.4" top:
> I put it opposite my main workbench "temporarily," and ended up using it a lot
more than I expected, especially after I made a "bench-on-bench" to go on top. I
was worried that the top wouldn't be thick enough, but that was unfounded.
> This got me thinking that if I'd made a slightly longer version of something
like this for my first workbench, with a bench-on-bench, it might have been...
"better" somehow? Well, I dunno, it's not like I can go back and change it. And
I've had the same manner of space constraints as you until very recently.
> So space constraints actually relate to knockdown benches, and here's my two
cents. A knockdown workbench can be just as sturdy as anything else, but you
cannot skimp on the size of your components or your joinery. Those stretchers
and legs need to be beefy, and tenoning the legs to the top is preferred even if
you don't glue them.
Sorry about my last (mistaken) mailing.
This post got me thinking about reinforcing a weak base. Roy Underhill has a
folding bench design that I have built (Here is one I found on the net -
https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/133418 ). Because of its light weight it is
skittish, but it doesn’t rack. The under carriage braces may be just what some
of these commercial benches need added to make them more livable.
Here is my version: