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    Thank you! I knew there was a workbench section on this website but missed it while looking.

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    My two heavy 2x4 top benches were built similar and wish I had thought of the 1" doweling, I like the idea a lot. I bought a special bottoming bit for my router and built a special fixture to level the 2x4 stacked glued top. I am a machinist and used my 1.5" end mill bit to cut the mortises then squared them with a sharp wood chisel for the table base assembly. With lots of glue and long lag screws the table was finally assembled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrickieDickie View Post
    My two heavy 2x4 top benches were built similar and wish I had thought of the 1" doweling, I like the idea a lot. I bought a special bottoming bit for my router and built a special fixture to level the 2x4 stacked glued top. I am a machinist and used my 1.5" end mill bit to cut the mortises then squared them with a sharp wood chisel for the table base assembly. With lots of glue and long lag screws the table was finally assembled.
    Have you seen my 'router rails' for leveling surfaces? I've been using it for 10 years now (long before I had ever heard of the more common router sled method) and it's a surefire way to easily surface tabletops.

    You really sound like you're a pro! I'm so glad there are people that try to build their own tables instead of purchasing kits to do it...it's so incredibly rewarding to use your own tools with your own workbench. This is my second one I made, and before I knew any better I just strapped melamine on a base and thought it was good enough.

    Thanks for the great comment!


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