01-18-2012 08:29 PM
Just a quick question about your intended use of the bench. Are you going to be using this bench in a manner such that you will be pounding on it? Something like hammering nails into wood that would be on the bench? if that's the case, the top will need to be modified a bit. If it is used as more of an assembly desk, it's fine as it is.
01-25-2012 09:59 PM
Here is what we're after... Something like this:
To accomplish this we'll need the following
For the Bench Top:
- 2 - 2x4x72 - Front and back
- 3 - 2x4x69 - Inner Spines
- 2 - 2x4x28-1/2 - End pieces
- MDF 72x31-1/2x1/2 - Bottom
- MDF 72x24x1/2 - Top
- Hardboard 72x24x1/4 - Sacrificial Top
For the Leg Assemblies:
- 8 - 2x6x30-1/2 - Legs
- 2 - 2x6x31-1/2 - Feet
- 4 - 2x4x31-1/2 - Bench Top Mount / Shelf Support
- 3 - 2x4x54 - Shelf Spines
- MDF 57x20-1/2x3/4 - Shelf
For the Hutch:
- MDF 69x10-1/2x34 - Top
- 2 - MDF 22x9-3/4x3/4 - Ends
- MDF 69x18-1/2x3/4 - Back
- 3 - 1x2x9 - Top Spines
- 1 - 1x2x67-1/2 - Front
12 - 1/2" Bolts, nuts and washers
1lb - 1-5/8" Coarse thread drywall screws
1lb - 2-1/2" Coarse thread drywall screws
#6 or #8 x1/2" Brass Wood Screws (at least qty 8 - to hold down sacrificial top)
Liquid Nails Heavy Duty or PL Premium Construction Adhesive
Starting with the top, you will need the front and back pieces and the inner spines. These are spaced 6" apart. You will also need the end pieces. These are all screwed and glued to the bottom of the bench top. It is very important that you construct this on as level a surface as possible. When selecting your lumber, the front, back, ends and inner spine pieces need to be as straight as possible. Once you have the pieces attached to the bottom, you can add the top. Again, screw and glue the top to the front, back, ends and inner spines. Allow the construction adhesive to fully cure before moving the bench top.
The leg assemblies are pretty straight forward. The only part that might prove a bit of a challenge is cutting the slots in the feet to allow the bench to be leveled. You will probably find it easiest to drill a couple of holes, allowing you to cut out the slots using a jigsaw.
The hutch assembly is pretty straight forward. The only thing you'll need to watch for is the notching of the end pieces. The front notch should be the height of the 2x4 spine plus the height of the MDF top plus the height of the sacrificial top. It should be approximately 4-1/4", while the back notch should be approximately 3-1/2". The hutch is held in place by the notches and the bolts. This allows it to be removed to have use of the entire surface for a big project.
All the parts and pieces are screwed together with the appropriately sized drywall screws unless shown with the 1/2" bolts, nuts and washers. Whenever you are screwing something together, that joint should also get some construction adhesive, with one exception. The sacrificial top should only be screwed down with the brass wood screws, four, evenly spaced along the front edge and four along the back edge.
Hope this helps get you started.
Yano Jones here!
I was looking at your plans I would really love the specific pieces of wood and tools you think I would need to build that exact bench. That would be perfect for me.