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    Ply on the sides and the back (ideally glued and screwed makes it a shitload stronger but still basically a fast build) pretty much totally stop it from twisting.

    You can fuck on doing mortise and tenons which for a joiners bench is great (check out Paul Sellers on Youtube for a good version) and all but I assume the OP wants it done this year.

    I sometimes throw together benches on site with a top like that, its strong enough for twenty or more sheets of half inch plasterboard...
    Hell, my sawstools often have a huge amount of weight on them (three bits of CLS from one across to the other then a fucking massive stack of plywood think I've had half a pallet on there before which is thirty five or so) and some people would be mortified at how quickly I threw them together about ten years ago.

    You can also glue several sheets of ply together to form a top, four thickness of half inch ply ends up unsurprisingly at two inches (or close enough for a country job) and if thats not strong enough (when supported at half decent intervals) for a bloke to stick a motorbike on and work on then I need my bullshit detector fixed.

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    That's a gardeners potting bench.

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    Prompted by Irn Bru Freak's post here, this is sort of the design of bench that I had in mind (though without the back shelf thingy) -



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    No lights above the work bench?

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    No lights above the work bench?
    There's a roof light for natural light. A LED striplight to the left and a powerful spotlight in top right corner. It's plenty bright enough

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    This guy rocks


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    Default Re: Need a design for a workbench

    Bit surprised that he puts his planes face down. I was told that this was a definite no-no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lutin View Post
    Bit surprised that he puts his planes face down. I was told that this was a definite no-no.
    I never do it, but have heard his argument for it and in a bench joiner setting where everyone in the area is also a bench joiner and would never put it down onto concrete or metal it could be ok.

    In my setting I often dont have my bench nearby and have to put my handplane on concrete floors and so on so I would rather that everyone around me puts them on their side.
    I figure my rule is simpler to remember by the plumbers, painters, sparks and labourers who sometimes move my tools.

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