Leg placement for 6.5 ft workbench

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  • #554627

    Gleb Dmitriev
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    Hello everyone,

    I’m thinking about distance between legs since my workbench is one feet longer than Paul’s.
    Should i stick to 9″ distance from end of the workbench to the leg or preserve 38,5″ distance between legs assemblies hence increase overhang from 9″ to 14.5″ on each side of the workbench?

    Will appreciate any tips and feedback.

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    • This topic was modified 7 months, 4 weeks ago by  Gleb Dmitriev.
    #554629

    Ecky H
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    Hello Gleb,

    if your bench top is more on the thick side (~4″ and more) I definitely would stick with the 9″ from the ends. The wider distance between the legs – in particular the feet – makes longitudinal toppling less likely.

    E.

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    Münster, Germany

    #554633

    Gleb Dmitriev
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    Hi Ecky,

    Good point but my bench top is around 2 5/8″ and I was wondering if extended distance between legs will lead to a spring of a bench top during planing for example. The wood is pine.

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    #554635

    Ecky H
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    Hello Gleb,

    2 5/8″ isn’t that much.
    Perhaps the “shortest way between two points is a straight line” solution is an option for you – splayed legs. So you keep the 38 1/2″ at the top and the 9″ overhang over the feet. The price would be longer legs and a bit more … “interesting” joinery. But I’d do that only with relatively deep aprons (at least 10, better 12″) and stout workbench legs (at least 3×3 or more).

    E.

    PS: Due to space constraints my workbench is on the short side (~50″ long) and I decided for splayed legs, so that the feet are under the ends of the bench top and the distance between the feet is as much as possible. For my situation definitely it was the right decision. On the other hand my bench is more on the stout side: bench top is just over 5″, aprons 1 7/8″ thick and 16 3/8″ deep, legs are 4″x5″…

    Veni, vidi, serravi.

    Münster, Germany

    #554636

    Gleb Dmitriev
    Participant

    Ecky,

    The workbench is almost identical to Paul’s except bench top length and legs assemblies are already done.
    I think I need to try to assemble in both positions using clamps without joinery and test it for toppling and spring. Will see how it works.
    Once again, thanks for sharing!

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