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Do it yourself workbench bracing

adding a bottom brace to the DIY work bench

Thank you BSmith for commenting the other day about my lack of bracing on the DIY work bench.

It had a slight wobble, but two 2x4's on the bottom firmed it up and provided a place to install a heavy duty shelf.

I also put an L bracket on one of the rear legs to secure it to the deck.

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The best way to brace a two adjacent legs of a table is to run cross-braces between the legs; Run two pieces of wood each from the top of one leg to the bottom of the other in the form of a saltire.

Another way is to fix a sheet of plywood to behind two adjacent legs.

Both solutions essentially make the table's legs resist shear deformation.

Comment by Roland_Smith Thu Feb 7 16:31:08 2013

Looking Good! I'm sure you'll get plenty of use out of it.

Good job on the L bracket too. Sometimes the smallest things come in very valuable.


Comment by BSmith Fri Feb 8 09:11:23 2013
If you use something that can take compression, like a 2x4, you can stabilize the frame with just one diagonal. It's the triangles that make it rigid. If you're using ropes or rods, though, you'll need an X, since you can't push on ropes.
Comment by Seth, that engineer up near Philly Fri Feb 8 13:45:43 2013

You can push on a rope:

(if you saturate it with resin :-) )

Comment by Roland_Smith Fri Feb 8 17:58:28 2013

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