I’m ready to assemble my workbench and was thinking about adding a shelf underneath. The bench us 7ft long 3ft wide with a tool well.
Can anyone suggest a good option for a shelf? I thought about just using plywood but thought it might sag. Perhaps it would be ok if I put a Barton or two along the length on the underside of the shelf?
I thought u’d think about this now before getting everything assembled – although I have made it with the wedges so I can take it apart if needed.
Bill, Not sure what a Barton is, but if you glue and screw a 1×2 edging strip to the bottom of the shelf that will stiffen it. You might also try using 2 or 3 strips, one in front, back and one down the middle.
Here is a link to an online calculator the lets you calculate loads for spans.
I used two large planks, that I put over the side rails between the legs. You could add more rails for additional shelves or simply screw some horizontal boards to the legs for support – or bore holes and stick broomsticks trough… These planks are about 2×8″ and I think, they won’t bend anytime soon, and they match the looks of my workbench (not crappy, but bulky and the same wood).
– cut to length
– lay onto side rails
– enjoy 😀
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