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post #1 of 6 Old 03-25-2010, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Guys-

Pretty sure I've posted on here regarding a workbench, but I didn't introduce my self. My part time trade is actually Tile, but I really don't enjoy it as much as I do wood and I'm just barely getting started into working with wood. I've built a podium for my wife's classroom and most recently and workbench and some shelving. They aren't much, but I pretty sure two elephants could copulate on the workbench... lot's of 2x4's and 2x6's.

I do have a quick question, my workbench is 2' x 7'. I have built a collapsible, moveable island that will rest on a ledge that sandwiches it underneath the top. Currently i have a 2' piece of angle iron lag bolted into it, but I would like to have the ledge run the distance of the shelf. To do that should I use a longer piece of angle iron (subject to bending) or should I rip a piece of 2x4. If I use the ripped 2x4 should it be lag bolted or should I use 3" deck screws?

I will post pictures of it later so it will make more sense. Thanks for the help.
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-25-2010, 12:30 PM
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It will be easier to work with your question if you have a pic of the bench.
I would say, depending on the thickness of the angle iron legs will determine if you need to support the iron or not.
I have used bed frames for table/fixtures for my drill press to support the wood and it works great.

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Here are the pictures of my bench. Hopefully this will help my question make more sense.

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I think a 2x the full length of your bench would be ok, 3" screws every 12" or so will be adequate. I think I would add another layer of 2x stock to the extension so it's surface is flush with the work bench surface

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Thanks for the advice of using the 2x4 and 3" screws.

I thought about making it the same hieght. I did it this way so it would match up to the height of my table saw.
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Okay, I see now what you are refering to as angle iron. You are actually using angle with the holes in it. I would use a 2x4 instead of the angle you are using from a safety standpoint. The 2x4 the length of the bench will support more weight than that erector set style angle you are using. That stuff is too thin to be used with alot of weight in the manner you are wanting to use it.

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