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by Jeffeb3 Mar 31, 2016
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Opened it up in Sketchup, looks good! Let me know how it goes because I need to build a stand for my printer and this is much simpler than my workbench design -- and uses like 1/2 the wood :)

I built it this weekend. I haven't attached the front slat yet, and it is very strong. I'm not sure I would want to do any planing on it, or even how to attach a front vise, but it is more that strong enough for sawing, or putting a power tool on, like a drill press or Chop saw. It is definitely stronger than it looks. I haven't even screwed on the top yet.

Anyway, the MPCNC doesn't really need that much strength, since it's mostly working against itself. As long as the top two pieces of Ply stay flat, and don't end up with too many pieces missing, it will do nicely for me.

Wow nice! I need to make one of these as a stand for my 3D printer. Photos please, when you're done! :)

How did you cut the joint out? I have some nice chisels I could use.

I did it just like in the video. I have a table saw, and dado blades, but I thought it would be fun to try his technique. I have to say, it is much more fun than my table saw. A lot less setup, and much less stress. Hammering out the chips was the best part.

The dowels were the worst part. They definitely took about 1/2 the time. Total was maybe 4-5 hours. I would probably skip the dowels if I was going to do it again. Also, I didn't realize that 5/8" dowels are actually 1/2" wide, so two of my holes are way too big to be effective. I also drilled one set of holes, and then accidentally flipped the piece when gluing it, so the holes didn't align, but I got it to work OK. Just label your pieces is the moral of that story.

Will do. It will be at least a few days. The wood I bought is super wet, and it's cold and snowy here.

Looking at the design more, wouldn't it help to have a 2x4 near the bottom middle that runs from one side to the other?

But since they are in a dado joint they can't really move laterally anyways.

It definitely would make it stronger, even one along the back. I think that's definitely the weakest place on it. I could just use a butt joint with screws in from the outside on the lowest two stretchers, and it would definitely be strong enough. You'd want to avoid anything along the ground, because the ground is not likely to be level.

I might do something like that just to have a shelf for something. I haven't quite got my head around every feature yet, and I need to find a place for the vac and electronics, but I can't figure it out without seeing it first.

I saw a good looking printer stand on AllTed's website today: http://www.vicious1.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/IMG_20151202_141001.jpg

That would be good for you if you could somehow mount the control box below the shelf. It doesn't weight much, so the wood doesn't have to be super thick. But I think you're on the right track using a beam in each direction to make it stiffer.

I love the front :) I'd use my MPCNC to make it as well :)

Might want to considering using the leg design of my rock solid workbench though :) Looks like those would be a bit wobbly :)

Of course mine would look uglier because of all the screws. Unless you filled and painted.

Downloading the new version of Sketchup now so I can load your file to look at it :)

The 2x6s on the front and back have dados cut out for the legs, so they should stay straight, I hope. If not, I can add some more bracing, or scrap the whole thing, and be out $20 in lumber.

Actually after looking at the video, and him jumping up on that like he did, it looks pretty strong! Good enough for a printer! I really need a workbench like I did though because a lot of force might be exerted on it , e.g. sawing or planing things etc.