Alternate toTongue and Groove for Tool Tray

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    Bob Hutchins

    Just completed Episode 7 of the Workbench Videos. I am wondering if there is an alternative to putting grooves in the top and back edge board and a bit of a tongue in the sides of the tool tray. I don’t have the rebate and grooving planes and at my rather advanced age and amateur status it doesn’t make economic sense for me to spend for them.

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    Larry Geib


    Bob. It’s your bench.

    In Paul’s videos for the larger bench he did some years ago, the well board wasn’t grooved. It was just laid in place. I can’t remeber if it was screwed to the leg assemblies or not.

    But if you want to secure it somehow I’d suggest some dowels glued to the edge of the board which fit into the side of the bench top sort of like the pins which secure the leaves on an expanding dining room table. They need not be glued to the laminated top, in case you need to disassemble the bench.

    As to the advanced age thing, I think of it as an investment for my heirs.
    Tools have been going up much faster than the Dow. ( see the “buying woodworking tools is becoming stupid” thread)

    And it can be seen as an excuse to buy new, since Lie Nielsen and Veritas tools don’t seem to depreciate at all. 😉

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 5 months ago by Larry Geib.
    Derek Long


    You can just screw the wellboard to the bearers. Works fine. That is what I did for my bench with a pine 1×10. I had some misgivings that there would be too much flex, but once the board is screwed down it is quite stiff. Just make sure to thoroughly countersink the screw holes. If you want to go one extra step you can make plugs and plug the screwholes.

    Derek Long
    Denver, Colorado

    Reid Stamer


    I took the advice from one of the comments section of using the batten and quadrant method. I basically took a thin scrap of pine (3/4″ though you could use thinner) and screwed it to the back wellboard, level with the top of the bearers. I did this inside and outside of the legs. I took another scrap of wood and screwed it to the underside of the benchtop so that half of its width was supporting the wellboard. From the bottom of the bench, I screwed this to the wellboard. This way the wellboard is supported for its entire length. For the top, I ripped a 2 thin strips of pine (again, maybe 3/4″) to essentially make trim. I’m sure you could use quarter round. I countersunk the screws and screwed it directly into the wellboard and the benchtop, respectively. Then I plugged the holes with wood plugs.

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