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workbench... what should one consider in terms of things to build into it?

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so... about to redo my work bench. would be interested in input in terms of things one might think about incorporating

I was thinking I'd have half the top on one of the benches on hinges, and keep my chop saw on the shelf just below.  In theory I could just lift my chop saw out and use... then put it back, saving me perhaps half the lift from the floor to the top of the bench.  might be a waste as I rarely use it.

another thing I def want to incorporate is a spot for doing the joint on tops.  just a 1" slit in the top to run the router bit  and perhaps some holes at the back to slip a clamp through. 

I always build stuff and then immediately think of something else I should have done... in the interest of avoiding that: any things I might want to consider?  what features did you include in your work bench?  extra points for pics.

 

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tap, tap, tap... is this thing on?  I'll be here all week folks.

anywho... it occurs to me today as I'm assembling 5' x 21" boxes out of 2x4s... it would be much easier to build this workbench if I could just set it on a longer workbench, lol.

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I built a second bench last summer. I only needed 2 things from it - to be solid and to be able to slide stuff under it. So all parts apart from the top were made from 4x2s that I planed down around 3 1/2 squared. Used mortise and tenon joints for the legs and stretchers then the leg tennis went up through the top and all the joints had wooded dowels tapped through 

Its solid alright 💪

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nicely done.  my last workbench build I tried to go light... but as such it hasn't held up well.  Yours is, like many i've seen, very heavy duty.  I didn't go that heavy... just 2x4, but heavier than I went last time.   Made some good headway this weekend so... should be finished up today or sometime next week and plopping down some photos.

thanks for the feedback AD!

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