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Chrisjob on Aug 14, 2017:

@Bill - If you'd like, please send me an email to Chris@curbly.com, and I can attach a PDF of the plans.


Chrisjob on Aug 14, 2017:

@Wm - Fair point. Yes, the four aren't exact matches. But since it's a through-hole, it doesn't affect the layout of the bolt holes. They're placed at the same point on each leg. But you would need to select which side the counterbores go on.

I'll see what I can do to update the image in the plans.


bill on Aug 14, 2017:

I entered my name and e-mail address and nothing happens


Wm on Aug 14, 2017:

My apologies, you should delete that post.

Here is a picture of what I mean. Shouldn't it look like this?

http://imgur.com/a/uAokv


Wm on Aug 14, 2017:

I misspoke. 2 of the holes must face their partners on each leg.

O O
-O---------O-
| |
| |
O O
-O ---------O-

Or am I crazy?


Chrisjob on Aug 14, 2017:

@Greg - the floor in my garage isn't level either, so I'm the exact same position. If its more than an inch or so, you could get a box level out and test your base, cutting the legs to fit before you attach the top. I simply cut a few thin slices from my leftover 4x4 and used them under the legs. Blends perfectly into the design. They're actually in the photos above.

@Bill - Sorry you're having trouble. If you head here, https://curbly.activehosted.com/f/9 and insert your name and email, a download should start automatically. What are you seeing?

@Wm - Thanks for your comment, but I'm not sure I follow. There are definitely only four holes in each of the legs, and the each are drilled all the way through. Why would you need eight holes to attach four cross members?


Wm on Aug 13, 2017:

So, following your instructions, which are great, except I've come to discover that two of the legs in the plans should have 8 mirroring holes, otherwise you cannot connect the 2 sides. My sanity check came to late!


Bill on Aug 13, 2017:

I really like the workbench and I tried to download the plans but was unable to do so. Could you please send me a direct download link for the plans. Thank you


Greg on Aug 07, 2017:

I really like this plan. I want to put this in my basement. My floor is not level and I don't want to mess up the clean look with shims and I don't want a wobbly bench. Any suggestions?


bill on Aug 05, 2017:

I am unable to download the plans


Chrisjob on Jul 12, 2017:

Hi Jim -

Great question. You certainly could use lag bolts and washers to attach the crossmembers to the legs.

The drawback here is that you won't be able to tighten up your bench over the years, and it will start to wobble a bit as the wood expands and contracts with environment changes. I built mine 11 months ago, and it has already benefited from one tightening.

Is it totally necessary? I don't think so. I intend to use this thing for a very long time, and so it was worth the extra work to me. It only took about an additional 90 minutes to layout, drill, and chisel. Spread over the next twenty years, that investment of time was a no-brainer.

If you try the lag bolt option, I'd love to hear how it goes. Please share your bench with us when you're done.

Thanks!
Chris


Jim DeCenzo on Jul 12, 2017:

I really like this workbench and intend to attempt building it this weekend. I've read and reread the instructions and was wondering, instead of using the bed bolt system, can I just use lag bolts instead? It seems that the look and strength of the workbench would be about the same with a lot less precision work.


Chrisjob on Jun 26, 2017:

Hi @Jenna -

The jig does not interact with the leg at all. Once you've drilled the hole to accept the bolt into the end grain, you use the jig to mark where the bolt ends inside the crossmember. Ideally, it will be straight on and centered, but in reality, it probably won't be.

The jig helps you know where to drill and chop your access hole so you can insert the nut and it will line right up. If you search "bed bolt jig" you'll find a few articles from magazines that might help explain the process.

Hope that helps. Good luck!
- Chris


Jenna on Jun 24, 2017:

Hi! I think this is the table that I want to build for my garage.

I've read and re-read how you did it and examined the plan, everything seems clear except I don't quite understand how you used the jig for the cross members.

If you sandwich the jig between the leg and the cross-member, then the holes would be hidden and you wouldn't be able to mark them - right? Do you even need to line the jig on the leg at all?


Matt on Feb 05, 2017:

Awesome job. I'm going to tackle this next weekend.


troutay on Aug 17, 2016:

Oh, thanks. there is a standard tool box in the picture and I assumed that is what you meant.


Chrisjob on Aug 16, 2016:

@troutay - The green tool chest was my grandfather's. It's at least as old as the 1960s, but I think maybe even from the 50s or late 40s (It's been painted at some point in its life).

I talk a bit about planning the bench shelf around incorporating it in the design discussion above.

Thanks!
Chris


troutay on Aug 16, 2016:

I see your tool box on the right, but where did you get the green boxes on the left?

thinking about this for my hubby for the garage


Chrisjob on Aug 16, 2016:

@Ladyloo - the pegboard is a full sheet, sized 8' x 4'. The hooks are the standard 1/8" thick sized ones from the hardware store. I usually buy a couple multipacks, and then look for specific individual hooks for particular tools. You can also check a local store fixture store for cool solutions.

Other than that, it's just a lot of experimenting to get the best layout. I arrange mine by type, woodworking on the left and mechanical tools to the right, and my most reached for items in the middle so they're easiest to access. This is my fourth (and hopefully final) pegboard system, so I've figured out the best solution for my particular needs. You may want to lay the pegboard on the floor and place the tools to get your general layout. Snap a few pics with your phone, then translate to the wall.

Good luck!


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