Wood Mag workbench


Been looking at building the "quick and easy" workbench featured in the Dec 2002 Wood Magazine where you build the bench out of particle board.
Yes, I know there are better, but I need something short and sweet. Be interested if anyone has build that bench.
I think there's something wrong with the plans and be interested in exchanging emails with someone who has experience in building it.
Here's the link:
http://www.woodstore.net/onwo.html MJ
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snipped-for-privacy@onebox.com wrote in

Couple of thoughts:
* Not too fond of particle board in something which, in my shop, takes a fair amount of impact abuse, as well as lateral force from planing.
* 'Oops' solid core fire-rated doors are $15 each at the local door shop, less if you have cash in hand...
* A frame of construction lumber, joined with lap joints and/or dados made when gluing up 2x stock goes togehter pretty quickly. If you use 3" construction screws, instead of glue, it comes apart easily, too, for 'repurposing', should the need arise. As it has for me.
I keep one of these Q&D benches knocked down, leaning in the corner of my shop. Another one is at my dad's place, two hours north of here, because I got tired of trying to do large work on a Workmate.
And MJ, there isn't anything wrong with the finish on that table top at the Santa Rosa show. You did well. And hang out with some seriously talented folks, too.
Patriarch
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Thanks for the comments. Yea, I looked at the table the other day and thought - well, it's not as bad as when I put the mineral oil on it. It's given me quite an encouragement to do something next year - perhaps Norm's hightop? Now that ! would be something.
Thanks again.
MJ Wallace
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snipped-for-privacy@onebox.com wrote in

THAT would be a major commitment! I doubt I could find the time, let alone the skill, to take on something like that.
Perhaps another console/sofa table...
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On 12 Aug 2005 17:02:44 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@onebox.com wrote:

You don't need plans for something that simple, just make it to fit available space.
Personally I wouldn't waste the effort on particle board to make workshop shelving like that and it's certainly not worth the title of "workbench" for woodworking. It'll be far too flimsy and too moisture sensitive.
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