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  • Very STURDY and flat 4'x8' workbench table

    I'm interested in making a similar table, and it must be very flat (planar, as opposed to level). How did you determine that the result was flat within a millimeter or two? Did you use that method to determine which part of your living room floor was flat enough to work on, or that the garage floor was not? Unfortunately, if your frame pieces are not straight, bolting them to the top will warp the top. How did you check the frame pieces for straightness? A suggestion for construction: if you are going to double up the 2x4s for the frame, stack them on edge so they total "8" inches tall, then glue and bolt them together. Use epoxy or urethane. This will result in a beam that is eight times stiffer than a single 2x4 and four times stiffer than two 2x4s side-by-side. If you don...

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    I'm interested in making a similar table, and it must be very flat (planar, as opposed to level). How did you determine that the result was flat within a millimeter or two? Did you use that method to determine which part of your living room floor was flat enough to work on, or that the garage floor was not? Unfortunately, if your frame pieces are not straight, bolting them to the top will warp the top. How did you check the frame pieces for straightness? A suggestion for construction: if you are going to double up the 2x4s for the frame, stack them on edge so they total "8" inches tall, then glue and bolt them together. Use epoxy or urethane. This will result in a beam that is eight times stiffer than a single 2x4 and four times stiffer than two 2x4s side-by-side. If you don't bolt them together, the 8 inch beam will only be twice as stiff as the bolted one.

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