The workbench plans are great. I bought the lumber and made the
workbench all in one day and I have no carpentry skills. Based on
the comments of others I would do the following modifications to make
it even easier to build:
1. Only buy (8) 4" lag bolts/nuts/washers for each of the leg
connections and then use 3.5" dry wall screws for everything else
(substitute two screws for every lag bolt). It will be less expensive
and the workbench will still be solid as a rock (and it makes the job
go quicker too).
2. Use MDF board for the tabletop and shelf. The stock size MDF comes
in should cover both parts (the bottom shelf might have to be two
pieces though). It's smoother and it holds up well. I had the
tabletop cut to 30" W x 6' L which gives it the perfect amount of
outcropping for a vice.
3. If at all possible go to a lumberyard! Sure I go to the big box
stores a lot, but all of the above modifications were made because
the lumber guys took the time to look at the plans and give their
opinion. They measured out how much lumber I would need so I ended up
with very little waste. In addition their lumber is FAR better
quality and they cut the MDF board exactly to my dimensions.
4. Practical advice, cut all the pieces to size first, but use the
first piece you cut for each section as the template. This way you
will be assured of even pieces. I couldn't cut to measure to save my
life, but doing it this way made the assembly a snap.
My total cost for everything was about $73 US.
JG, Cincinnati, OH, USA
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