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SIMPSON STRONG-TIE Workbench Kit-DISCONTINUED

The KWB1 Hardware Kit contains complete hardware, fasteners and plans to build a workbench or shelving unit. With the Simpson Strong-Tie KWB1, a couple of hours is all it takes to achieve professional results. It's simple to build with no angle cuts or bolts. Create strong utility furniture that will last for years and customize it to fit your space!
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Can this product be used outdoors?

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So Cal
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July 8, 2011
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Asked by
THDCustomerService
Atlanta, GA
July 20, 2011
Hey So Cal,
I’m Blake from Home Depot’s online community. This is a great little kit and the Simpson products really are top notch. The structural ties that come in this kit are Galvanized steel and would wear well outside especially if painted, however the screws that come with the kit do not have any form of corrosion resistant coating and would not fare well outside. If you still wanted to use this kit I would recommend replacing the fasteners with some coated deck screws which are extremely corrosion resistant.

For lumber choice, Pressure treated, or composite would be the longest lasting, but white redwood or cedar would also provide long life and great looks!

I hope this is helpful So Cal, good luck with your project!

Blake
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answer 2
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xtremegto
North Port, FL, USA
December 11, 2012
Just use pressure treated wood and you should be fine. If I were going to use it outdoors I would spray paint all the ties with Krlyon. 2 cans should be enough.
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answer 3
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Duane
Ontario, CA, USA
January 29, 2013
To use outdoors you will have to seal the wood,otherwise you will get warping or seperation with the plywood.You might use some kind of polyurithane or a primer and a good quality outdoor paint.
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answer 4
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NEOMatt
January 31, 2012
I've been using them on my firewood racks over the winter and they are holding up fine. No idea on long term use, but I would expect they will hold up fine since they are galvanized.
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answer 5
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SimpsonStrong-Tie
Pleasanton, CA
August 11, 2011
No, the SD8x1.25 screw that is used with the connector in this kit (the RTC24) is for use in dry, interior and non-corrosive environments only.
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answer 6
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Pulsk1
georgia
October 18, 2011
I guess if you used pressure treated lumber. I am not sure if the screws provided are galvinized screws that you need to work with pressure treated lumber so you may need to purchase screws.
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answer 7
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Robert
September 13, 2011
It appears that a bench could be built with the kit and used outdoors. Rust of the metal connectors might be an issue limiting the life of the bench outdoors, though.
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answer 8
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annie
January 17, 2012
yes
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answer 9
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morich53
March 20, 2012
You would have to use treated wood and not sure the brackets are for out door use.
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answer 10
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Bill
Sharpsburg, GA, USA
May 16, 2013
Use treated wood.....good luck
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answer 11
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Optimzr
Sedona,AZ
May 20, 2012
I would think so providing you put a water-protective coating on it like Thompsons or oil-based paint.
The Simpson connectors my rust as well so use rust-o-leum spray paint to provent rusting.
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What additional Simpson hardware do I need for the center of the bench if i want to make it a 6 or 8 ft bench?

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Ted
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May 15, 2013
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Asked by
curmudgeon
Buellton Ca.
October 16, 2013
The Simpson Strong hardware gives three-way rigidity to each corner. Each corner has fourteen screws to keep it rigid. No additional hardware is needed for a longer bench. I had a firm structure before I added 2 x 4's in the center of my 8 ft bench. I added these mainly because I could not bring home 4 x 8 ft pegboard and plywood sheets for my latest bench.

The pegboard back, the work surface, and the bottom shelf all add rigidity, but it is not needed for the Simpson Strong.
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answer 2
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xtremegto
North Port, FL, USA
May 16, 2013
First of all, buy this kit! I have built many benches before but this one with this kit is the best. I made mine 8 feet, I also had this same question. I built mine completely and afterwards I added a single vertical brace in the center. I went to my local home depot and went to the Simpson strong tie section and found a couple of braces that worked for me. I hope this kind of answers your question.Trust
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answer 3
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grandpa40
ozark,al
May 16, 2013
Don't think you need any more Simpson hardware. Just need more of the 8' long 2X4's . I used 3/4 AC plywood for my benchtop and let it overhang about 4" along the front edge. It's plenty stiff and a good sound structure. (instructions for longer bench comes with the kit).
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answer 4
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Bill
Sharpsburg, GA, USA
May 16, 2013
Easy, you can you can cut the wood to any size you wish and still use all the hardware they supply.
I made one bench 8ft long and the other 6ft. You can also make them as wide or tall as you like.
you can't go wrong. Mr Bill
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answer 5
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DodgeCumminsJD
Elk Grove, CA, USA
June 4, 2013
If you browse the instruction sheet it will inform you of the exact part number to brace the bench at 6 or 8 feet. I built mine without the center support at 6' and its just fine for my needs.
If you don't have the instruction sheet, you can look it up on the manufactures website.
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answer 6
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Lifeisgr8
Eau Claire, PA, USA
May 17, 2013
If you use the 3/4" plywood you shouldn't need anything. I built my bench 8' and it's extremely sturdy. I was also concerned about that and I'm satisfied with my decision not to add any braces in the middle.
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answer 7
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Kevhunts
October 22, 2013
Look at RTF2Z or RTT22 ties and see which will serve your needs.
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answer 8
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gofast3
St. Louis, MI, USA
October 29, 2013
My bench is 4' x 8' and I used only what was in the kit. It is extremely solid and strong.
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answer 9
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xtremegto
North Port, FL, USA
May 18, 2013
Here is a pic of my completed bench
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answer 10
Asked by
Redd
October 22, 2013
None, everything you need is in the kit. You will only need additional wood braces on the top and shelves, 2 or 3 per shelf depending on top or shelf thickness. My bench and bottom shelf was 8' and this worked perfectly.
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answer 11
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Nyati
Dixieland
November 18, 2013
The directions that came with the kit says "if your workbench is longer than 6' long, you need another 8' length of 2X4 for center support and two RTF2 brackets."

Just saying……...
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Can Strong-Tie #10 x 1.5 in. Connector Screws be used instead of the included ones?

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Paul
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December 24, 2011
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xtremegto
North Port, FL, USA
December 11, 2012
I used the included ones and due to the amount that you use, they were more than sufficient.
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answer 2
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Duane
Ontario, CA, USA
January 29, 2013
The screws included are more than adequite. I don't think you need one that large. There are multiple screws in each strong tie bracket.
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answer 3
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SimpsonStrong-Tie
Pleasanton, CA
December 28, 2011
Paul,
We can only approve the use of the SD structural-connector screw with the specific connectors that have been evaluated with it, as listed at the following link: http://www.strongtie.com/products/connectors/screws-loadrated.asp#connectors. The connector included in the KWB1 hardware kit is the RTC24; this connector has not been evaluated with this screw at this point.
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answer 4
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Link
Slatington, PA, USA
January 7, 2014
I guess they could. But why?
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answer 5
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annie
January 17, 2012
yes
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answer 6
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Michael
January 24, 2012
yes
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answer 7
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Bill
Sharpsburg, GA, USA
May 16, 2013
I see no reason you can't
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answer 8
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Harry
Houston, TX 77084, USA
January 14, 2014
Sorry, I don't know the answer. But do get the kit, screws are included. They give you 200 screws with the kit
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answer 9
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Nyati
Dixieland
November 18, 2013
Absolutely.
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What does the finished product look like?

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wrgjrface
tx
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May 17, 2012
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Duane
Ontario, CA, USA
January 29, 2013
Very nice and attractive. I've had numerous compliments on mine.You can add lights and plugs etc.
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answer 2
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grandpa40
ozark,al
March 12, 2013
Very professional looking bench. I painted the masonite pegboard myself with a gloss enamel and it looks very good. Some places have pre-painted pegboard and I'd buy that if available.
I made sure the plywood had at least one side grade B so no patches were visible on the working side.
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answer 3
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Bill
Sharpsburg, GA, USA
May 14, 2013
Best looking and strongest workbench going. Very easy to put together, just cut your wood how they tell you and screw it together............you will be glad you did.
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answer 4
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JohnP
Natchitoches, LA, USA
August 27, 2013
Here's a photo of of one that I built. I also added a 2X4 under the work surface in the middle.
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answer 5
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Forester
January 8, 2013
Professional looking results, even for a DIYer. The completed workbench and shelves have sharp looking corners and angles. They're sturdy and can be used indoors or outdoors, depending on whether you used treated or untreated wood.
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answer 6
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SimpsonStrong-Tie
Pleasanton, CA
May 21, 2012
Please see the following link for a picture and further information on this product:
http://www.strongtie.com/products/diy/kwb.html.

Thank you!
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answer 7
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Harry
Houston, TX 77084, USA
January 14, 2014
wow, i built isome! I built mine 2x3.5x8ft. I used 182 screws and wood glue. I painted my legs blank and my bottom shelf, beach sand white. The pic I submitted to Home Depot was before I painted. Go for it. Be creative. It's fun
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would there be a problem using 4x4s at the legs? do you think its overkill?

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Bernard
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December 26, 2013
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Link
Slatington, PA, USA
January 7, 2014
You could use 4x4s with the appropriate corner braces. But 2x4s are more than sufficient.
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answer 2
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Jose
San Diego, CA
April 1, 2014
No u could go with the 4x4 they look just as good i think you will need a diffrent kit
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answer 3
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Rowacajr
North Central CT
April 8, 2014
I personally think 4X4 legs would be overkill unless you are going to work on something very heavy. The brackets are not made to work with 4X4's
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answer 4
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Harry
Houston, TX 77084, USA
January 14, 2014
4x4s is a little over kill and would not fit in the brackets. As is, its very solid and durable. You would be very happy with the results
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answer 5
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skram
January 10, 2014
4x4's? No. Railroad ties? Maybe. Obviously, the brackets in the kit are designed for 2x4 legs. You can purchase the brackets separately that allow for 4x4 legs but then you're not getting the kit. In my opinion, you can't overkill on a work bench. It just depends on how you intend to use it. If you're pruning your banzai tree, 2x4 legs are fine. If you're rebuilding a transmission or bending pipe, you may want to consider a heavier duty option.
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answer 6
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KenHDOC
Orange, Ca.
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December 30, 2013
Hi Bernard, I like 4X4's for the legs, however you would need a different connector. It's a little more than whats needed.

However by using Simpson Strong Tie hardware, 2X4 would be plenty sturdy.
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answer 7
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Nyati
Dixieland
January 23, 2014
4X4's will not fit in the brackets. They are specifically made for 2X4's.

I wanted to use 2X6's They wouldn't fit either.
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What other connectors do I need if I want to attach a 2x2 drop section for my mitre saw and connect it to two workbench sections?

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gman
Louisiana
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February 10, 2014
I want to reproduce the picture on the website with mitre saw drop down. Don't know how to connect or what connectors to get.
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SimpsonStrong-Tie
Pleasanton, CA
February 11, 2014
I'm not clear which picture you are referring to. Many customers have posted pictures of the workbench they built here on the Home Depot® website and several include modifications. Customers are welcome to modify the plans to fit their needs, but unfortunately we are unable to provide details beyond those shown in our literature.

Thank you!
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