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We’ve made it three seasons without building a workbench for I Can Do That. It’s been requested and we’ve wanted to make one for a while but we just hadn’t gotten to it. But now it’s here. It features torsion boxes, unique joinery and home center materials – a perfect recipe for someone who wants to grow in their skillset. In this build, took full advantage of the table saw that we added this season, using it for long rabbets and dados that make this bench sturdy.

The joinery in the base is simple. Hardwood dowels give the lag screws a bit of cross grain material to bite into. We used 3/4″ oak dowel for our build and it worked great. The trick is finding the perfect sized pilot hole so that you don’t crack the dowel with your screw.

The beam that connects the legs is a torsion box. It’s made from 2×6 and 3/4″ plywood to give it some heft and strength. The dados were made on the table saw with a dado stack.

– David Lyell

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