Good Show, Duane, you are coming right along, a lot of good projects will be made there ,I am sure.
I have thought about those HF tables, but the legs seemed kind of flimsy. But the tops were worth theprice and sturdier legs could be built. Putting 2 tops together is a good idea.
The legs on my benches seem to be pretty stout. Did you look at a store display that maybe was not put together well? The leg sections come preassembled and attach to the top with 3 large screws, and two more smaller screws. Then two stretchers run across between them to hold the bottom shelf in place. The main part of the bench is all solid wood, no MDF, but the bottom shelf insert, drawer bottoms and housing (not the drawer boxes themselves, are made of MDF with a laminate on it, and the bench top is made of lots of small hard wood pieces all finger jointed together. It is definitely an economy bench, but I can't complain. My first one has done everything I have asked of it, except for be wide enough, so now I have two back to back, and still wish for wider. These two new ones, though, the tops on them are not quite as flat as the first one is. The edges roll downward slightly. I can still make them work, because I doubt anything highly precision will be coming out of my shop. If needed, these benches are close enough that I can actually use them to help create a larger surface, keep it flat, and lay it over these two benches. Maybe then I can eliminate rolling edges, and even make it larger than the benches alone.
One final tip. If you get one (or three
) add something on the bottom side of tne dog holes to keep wood chips and dust out of your drawers. Some suggest lauan plywood. I simply cut scraps of sheet metal and used short, hex drive zip screws ran in with a drill to hold them on. It was fast and simple, and it works.