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The Simple Home Shop Workbench

4: Mount the legs (A) to the top frame assembly. Start by clamping the Legs squarely into position. Again, check for squareness as you go. Next, drill two 1/4" diameter holes (positioned diagonally) through each Leg and into the Rails (B) or Main Frame Members (C). Use 1/4" carriage bolts with washers and nuts so you can disassemble the Bench if necessary for moving it...or re-tighten the Bench components from time-to-time, should it start to loosen. If you have no plans for disassembling or moving the Bench, reinforce all joints with yellow woodworker's glue.

5: Attach the Leg Rails (B) to the Legs (A), using the same technique as above - clamp, drill, glue (if desired) and bolt. Next, attach the Stretcher (D) to the back of the Legs with glue and 16d nails.

6: Cut out the Sub-Top (F) by first laying the Top Frame upside-down on the bottom of the partcleboard or MDF Sub-Top (F), then tracing around it. Be sure to use a carbide-tipped Saw Blade, as particleboard and MDF are both filled with glue and other materials that will quickly dull a conventional steel blade.

The long piece of scrap that you have left after cutting out the Sub-Top will be used for the Shelf (G). Mount the Sub-Top to the assembled Bench frame using yellow glue and 8d common nails.

7: Mount the Shelf. Measure the width of the Shelf stock and use this dimension to mark the location of the Shelf Support (E). Attach the Shelf Support with glue, lag screws and washers. Cut the Shelf to length and attach it to the Shelf Support and Rails with glue and 8d common nails.

8: Cut the Top Covering (H) out of your Tempered Hardboard and attach it to the Sub-Top using 4d common nails. IMPORTANT: Do NOT use glue...so you can remove and replace the Top Covering at a later date, if necessary.

Once attached, use a hand-held belt sander, router or rasp to make the edges of the Top Covering even with the Main Frame pieces (C) and Rails (B). While you're at it, round all exposed corners (and edges, if you like), to prevent bruising or similar injuries, should you bump into them while working.

You now have a workbench that will provide years of durable service. And, when you're ready for the next step up in benches, this one will become a handy second bench for added working convenience.

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