Rated 4.8 out of 5Â by 10
Rated 5 out of 5Â by condor655 Great Product! Great Flexibility to make what you want!
I made some outdoor benches using the WBSK Workbench Hardware Kit. Since I am 4 blocks from the beach, corrosion protection was paramount to have a lasting final product. So I painted the RTC2Z Rigid Tie Connectors and substituted Stainless Steel Screws for the provided Strong Drive #8x1-1/4" screws. I obtained Square Drive Pan Head Stainless Steel #8 x 1-1/4 in. screws separately. The Square Drive Heads makes assembly extremely easy! The RTC2Z Rigid Tie Connectors are Galvanized from the factory. Since you can't paint directly on galvanized steel (it will flake off due to chemistry issues) they had to be primed with a suitable primer before painting. I used Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Spray Paint Primer (which is suitable for a galvanized surfaces) with Rust-Oleum Army Green Camouflage spray paint top-coat (left over from previous project but perfect for this!). The wood used for construction is the WeatherShield Premium Wood Products 2 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft. #2 Prime Pressure-Treated Lumber. I asked the Sales Rep if you have to coat the cut ends, as is required with some PT lumber, and he said: "No, it is Pressure Treated all the way through". This project required two 8-foot PT 2 x 4âs with minimal leftover/waste. For the seating surfaces, I used some Composite Decking Material that was left over from a previous project, but is readily available. I designed the depth of the benches to accommodate three full board widths deep (no ripping required) with 1/16 in. space between boards. The seating surface is 18 in. off the ground (Iâm tall!). The Composite Decking is âVeranda Traditional Composite Decking 5.1 in. x 0.90 in. x 12 ft. Brown Traditionalâ. Everything was screwed together using Stainless Steel fasteners except the cross braces used to secure the Seat Boards were nailed in using galvanized nails. The Seat Boards were screwed from the underside to the cross braces, so no fasteners show on the seating surfaces. I decided to put âfeetâ on each bench leg, to not only dress-up the bench, but also hoping that it will keep the legs slightly off the ground to keep them dry. The feet were made using the Simpson Strong-Tie connector, RTR 20-Gauge Rigid Tie Connector, by hammering the side tabs flush, priming and painting and fastening with stainless steel screws. Iâm happy how they turned out â note: there is fine tuning with a rubber mallet required when assembling! Pre-drilling was used for the feet screws, the cross brace nails and the holes through the cross braces for fastening the Seat Boards. Overall I am very happy with the final product and I believe these benches will last for many years, even in the harsh ocean atmosphere environment. What I would request from Simpson Strong-Tie is that they offer a Harsh Environment / Outdoor Service version of the WBSK Workbench Hardware Kit with the RTC2Z Rigid Tie Connectors Pre-Primed from the factory and Stainless Steel hardware included! Would save a lot of time on this project! [Note: I made (2) benches â one 30 in. wide, one 36 in. wide â total cost of material was about $100, but this includes buying the kit and having to buy the stainless screws separately. You can buy the RTC2Z Rigid Tie Connectors separately as stand alone pieces to reduce the cost] [PS - When posting the pictures for this review, I noticed I missed a screw in one of the RTC2Z Rigid Tie Connectors LOL!]
July 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Jimbo All you need except the wood
This WBSK Workbench/Shelving kit is exactly what I wanted for a work bench project. I will be building this in my 10 x 14 workshop shed
in the upcoming spring 2015. I can adjust the size of the bench to custom fit once I have finished the shed. Everything you need
except the wood came with this kit including fasteners
and the plans. If you are new to the DIY circuit. This kit gives you the satisfaction of building something yourself and leaving you
some options as to what kind of wood to use and size. The Simpson Strong-Tie hardware is heavy duty and will hold up I am sure for many years.
I am very happy with this kit and may buy additional kits to build also a double shelving unit.
December 13, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by joethebuilder Easy to build bench, 123......
Kit came quickly via UPS and had extra screws which was very nice. All parts in good condition and was able to follow instructions and build a wonderful work bench. I strongly recommend the product.
October 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Benthic Great Product
I used these to build a workbench that went into a closet in my spare bedroom, so I had to make it slightly smaller than the dimensions called out in the included plans. But the unit is still very sturdy and very stable. I'm very pleased with the end result.
December 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Golfrob Best do it yourself workbench
This kit gives you step by step instructions,
And Shopping list. I love my work bench
November 11, 2014