Fastening bench top with pocket holes


Old 10-05-17, 09:32 AM
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Fastening bench top with pocket holes

I'm building a work bench and plan to have a 3/4" plywood top. Will I get enough grip by fastening the top to the legs with pocket holes and coarse thread screws? That would leave a nice smooth top and prevent needing an additional topper.

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Old 10-05-17, 10:43 AM
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No.... pocket holes with screws UP into the 3/4" plywood top will not hold very well.

Use a countersink bit to recess the screw heads and then putty over them and sand smooth.
Old 10-06-17, 04:47 AM
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Depends how thick the top is, how long your pocket screws are, and whether on not you use glue.

A good way to make a table top is to make a 1x4 (or 2x4) frame that is smaller than the top is... glue and pocket screw the 1x4 frame to the bottom of the table top. Then use fasteners to fasten the legs to the corners of the 1x4 frame with pairs of alternating carriage bolts.

You could also consider using a double thickness of plywood for the top.

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