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Is the middle shelf location (height) fixed, or is it user-defined based on individual needs?
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2x4 Basics Workbench Kit, Model# 90158MI

Item# 179065
Use the 2x4 Basics Workbench Kit to make a custom workbench to fit anywhere you need a work surface or a storage area. Simply add 2x4s and plywood or particleboard to these leg supports to create a workbench 36in. tall in any length or width up to 8' x 4'. U.S.A. Only straight 90 cuts are required - no miters or angles Simple assembly with power screwdriver and saw Made of durable heavy gauge structural resin Recommended lumber 2x4s not included Assembly required
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Questions & Answers for 2x4 Basics Workbench Kit, Model# 90158MI

Question

Horizontal cross brace shown on top shelf in picture

Are there horizontal cross braces for the middle and bottom shelves also? I can not tell from the picture.
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
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answer 1
Staff Answer
This Blitz work bench kit does not include any lumber, you can design the work bench to have cross braces on all three shelves, with the lumber you purchase from a lumber yard.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
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ProductExpert5
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answer 2
No, there are no additional cross braces for the lower shelves. I cannot see why these would be necessary unless the bench was very deep, or you had very very heavy materials on the shelves.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
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JeremyK
 - Novi, MI
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answer 3
No, there is only a mounting surface for the top shelf to have a diagnol cross brace.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
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chevybull
 - Lexington, NC
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answer 4
The recommendation is on the top shelf. I did not bother as the plywood I used was strong enough and I have not seen any weekness in the bench without it.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
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Robbie99
 - NC
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answer 5
There are no horizontal braces for the shelves, only the top.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
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RickED
 - Pahrump, NV
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answer 6
no, only the top
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
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rg11n13
 - washington, pennsylvania
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answer 7
Yes. The bench can be built with horizontal brace under each shelf. I built mine 2' X 8' with 3/4" contractor grade plywood for the top and bottom shelf, no middle shelf, and did not use a horizontal brace under either shelf. The bench is so sturdy I can build a tank on it.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
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Nanny1
 - Fulton,N.Y.
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answer 8
That's up to you to add if needed. You only get the 4 black molded plastic legs in the kit...all the lumber is up to you.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
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Trumax11
 - Columbus, Ohio
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Question

Is it necessary to use the center shelf ?

Would it weaken the table ?
 
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asked 2 years, 11 months ago
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answer 1
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You can build the workbench to suit your need. if 2 shelves is all you need it would be fine.
You would run cross braces under the shelving to sturdy the shelves.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
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ProductExpert6
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answer 2
I didn't use the middle shelf and I made mine a full 4' X 8' and it is very sturdy. I used 3/4" plywood for both top and bottom shelves.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
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Walburg
 - Walburg Texas
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answer 3
You do not need to add the center shelf, however it does contribute to the strength of the finished product. If I were going to assemble it without the center shelf, I would at least install the framing for said shelf, it will make your bench sturdier. Also, you can frame up three sides (left, right, and rear), and leave the front open, up to the individual, depends on what you will be using it for.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
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JShoesole
 - Crawfordville, Florida
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answer 4
No. I have no center shelf and the benches are solid
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
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Robbie99
 - NC
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answer 5
It is not necessary to use the middle shelf. There is a part in the instruction showing how put together with out the middle shelf and still have support.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
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grabb
 - Allen, TX
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answer 6
I made mine with just top and bottom shelf, as adding the middle one cuts down on storage space height. Nice and strong + lighter. I used perpendicular support bracing under each shelf every 24" instead of there diagonal one in the instructions.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
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RickMc
 - Garner NC
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answer 7
No. I built my workbench 2'X8' with 3/4" builder grade plywood for the top and bottom shelf. I wanted the room on the bottom shelf to store larger items like my pancake compressor etc that would have made the second shelf in the way, so I left it out. It made no difference, this bench is so sturdy I can build a tank on it without it sagging. I will say, my bench is narrow and long so I cannot attest to the need for the second shelf if the bench is built different, but with the cross braces in I would still build it without the second shelf.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
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Nanny1
 - Fulton,N.Y.
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answer 8
Marginally, yes, but in reality not an issue. We use our benches hard 7 days a week and they've held up great with just the lower shelf in place and we don't even screw the lower shelf board in place. The middle shelf is kind of useless because it doesn't allow very high storage on it or the lower shelf. Maybe hand tools or power tools in plastics cases or thin sheet material storage (acrylic, glass, etc.). Otherwise, not too useful. Have the bottom only gives lots of space and we're considering enclosing one bench with side/back panels and two hinged doors on the front for some secure storage.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
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Trumax11
 - Columbus, Ohio
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Question

How thick can the plywood top be?

asked 2 years, 1 month ago
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 - New Jersey
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answer 1
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Any thicknes of plywood that is desired can be used for the top being it is placed on top of the corner legs.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
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ProductExpert12
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answer 2
I used 3/4 treated plywood. I guess you can use 1&1/4 if you can find it.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
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WK01
 - Horse Shoe, NC
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answer 3
As thick as you like - there is nothing to restrict its height. I built mine with a 3/4 top.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
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Tenpoint
 - Arkansas
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answer 4
I used 3/4" with size 24x60. Smaller size and light duty could get by with 1/2"
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
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Tiogaman
 - South Lake Tahoe Calif
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answer 5
As thick as you want. We normally use 3/4" white melamine coated panels which will stand proud of the leg top, but you could easily laminate several layers of ply or MDF if you need thicker for some reason...or use a solid core door, laminated maple top, etc.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
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Trumax11
 - Columbus, Ohio
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answer 6
Thickness of the bench top is up to you, no limit. I used 3/4" for both of my workbenches and find that it offers sufficient strength for my needs. (auto repair and woodworking).
answered 2 months, 4 weeks ago
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YWAIT
 - Oakboro, NC
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Question

Do the legs support the horizontal cross 2x4 for top and middle and bottom shelves.

Just wondering whether the horizontal piece (as shown) attach to legs or not?
asked 3 years, 5 months ago
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Genedog
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answer 1
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Yes. The legs would be nailed into the plywood on all three shelves.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
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ProductExpert26
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answer 2
The horizontal piece sits on a ledge on each corner of the leg kit. then the horizontal is screwed to the top and the top is screwed to the 2x4 railing to make it sturdy.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
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bldrman
 - alabama
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answer 3
Yes. I strongly recommend using screws when assembling the table.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
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64droptop
 - Santa Rosa, Ca
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answer 4
Yes
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
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64droptop
 - Santa Rosa, Ca
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answer 5
Yes there are shelf brackets in corners to rest the diagonal support for all three shelves. However diagonal bracing is not my choice. I used perpendicular bracing every two feet instead. Just seems a sturdier way to frame.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
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RickMc
 - Garner NC
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answer 6
Yes. All 2x4s attach to the legs (there are shelves that hold the 2x4s in place- they are additionally secured with screws) and plywood rests on top of the 2x4s
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
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Tenpoint
 - Arkansas
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Question

can only the bottom shelf be used?can it be raised to one foot above the floor and still be stable ?

 
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asked 3 years, 4 months ago
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The workbench kit has brackets already positioned on the leg supports and the bottom shelf is about 3 1/2 inches tall. The manufacture recommends that you place your shelfing in the positioned brackets.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
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ProductExpert10
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answer 2
Yes, I assembled mine with only the bottom shelf which is approximately 6" from the floor. The middle shelf doesn't mount with as many factory drilled holes through the legs so stability may be an issue.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
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chevybull
 - Lexington, NC
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answer 3
The shelve heights are fixed. One shelve could be left out, but I can't comment on how that would affect stability.... Gluing the shelve to the 2x4s adds stability, so if leaving and shelves I;d be sure to glue and tack the shelve in.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
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Tenpoint
 - Arkansas
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answer 4
All of our benches use only the bottom shelf, so the answer is yes. However, the position is fixed, not adjustable. You only have two choices for shelf locations and the lower is the strongest. You could use the upper (and the top) at some sacrifice in racking strength. If you anticipate lots of side load or back and forth motion on the top (think hand planing boards) use the bottom position or both. If you're just storing "stuff" on the top and want more space underneath to park things, then you'd probably be OK with using just the upper shelf.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
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Trumax11
 - Columbus, Ohio
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Question

Wheels

can you put casters on the legs
asked 3 years, 2 months ago
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Adding casters to this Blitz workbench kit is not recommended.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
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ProductExpert5
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answer 2
Anything is possible, but casters on these legs would not be adviseable. They have a triangular foot that meets the floor, but I believe casters would fold under to the inside.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
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chevybull
 - Lexington, NC
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answer 3
You can, and I was thinking of doing so, but instead I move mine with a hand cart. Even though you can lock casters they never stay as stable as without.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
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RickMc
 - Garner NC
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answer 4
Yes you can and we have. We cut a piece of 4"x4" blocking to fit under the lower shelf frame and screwed into them from both the side rails and the bottom panel. Pick the length to allow the bottom of the leg to clear the caster of your choice. Our legs run about 1/2" off the floor, but each caster is different. make sure you allow access for the caster brake lever (if it has one) and for rotation of the casters. We have a small (2' x 3') CNC machine mounted on one of these with leveling feet and casters. Great for moving around the shop and then locking down and leveling when it gets used.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
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Trumax11
 - Columbus, Ohio
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Question

Is the bottom shelf required?

Can you build the bench without the bottom shelf. Still using a 2x4 in the rear at the bottom and middle? I plan on getting a small storage cabinet for at least one side, so essentially the bench would rest on the storage cabinet.
asked 1 year, 5 months ago
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Staff Answer
You can customize the bench to suit your need. There would only be brackets in the back to hold the 2x4 in the rear of the bench. You will need to make sure the legs are stabilized.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
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ProductExpert6
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answer 2
yeah, I think you could do that. The shelves act as a structural member.
answered 7 months ago
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Kmo99
 - Atlanta, Ga
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answer 3
The bottom shelve can be left out, but that would reduce stability. I would not recommend leaving the bottom shelve out.
answered 7 months ago
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Tenpoint
 - Arkansas
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answer 4
You don't need the shelf, but the 4 2x4 boards that make up the lower shelf framework add a lot of strength and stiffness. You might get away with removing one long 2x if you add side 2x's. Otherwise you're relying only on three wood screws at the top to take all the racking loads...not a great idea for long term stability.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
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Trumax11
 - Columbus, Ohio
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Question

When you buy model 90158, what are you really purchasing.

Are you only buying the 4 corner posts or are you buying the wood material as well. If so, what does that consist of?
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
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bmolder
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answer 1
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The 2x4 Basics Workbench Kits includes only the 4 corner posts. The 2x4's and plywood would need to be purchased separately. You can create a bench 36 inches tall and any length or width up to 8ft x 4ft.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
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ProductExpert5
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answer 2
The kit is only the legs and screws that are used to attach the lumber purchased separately.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
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Tenpoint
 - Arkansas
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answer 3
You get the 4, black legs shown in the photo in one box. You buy the 2x4 materials and cut to the length you need...so you can make a long, narrow bench, square, whatever. Also good for mounting various woodworking tools...drill press, bandsaw, etc.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
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Trumax11
 - Columbus, Ohio
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answer 4
Your only purchasing the four corner legs (posts). You will need to purchase the plywood and 2x4's separately. The amount of material you will need is dependent on the size of the bench your going to make.
answered 2 months, 4 weeks ago
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YWAIT
 - Oakboro, NC
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Question

Do you screw down the plywood to the 2x4's on bottom/middle/top shelf?

Or just lay them on top and let the weight keep it in place?
asked 1 year, 8 months ago
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You would want to screw down the shelves to stabilize them.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
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ProductExpert6
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answer 2
I used construction adhesive and a few screws - it worked well
answered 7 months ago
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Tenpoint
 - Arkansas
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answer 3
I screwed my plywood down. It would be possible to just lay the plywood in place, but screwing it down makes the bench a lot stronger.
answered 7 months ago
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lovetheheater
 - Tulsa, OK
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answer 4
For best strength, screw or glue, but when the 2x4's are installed they leave a small lip (1/4-3/8") that the top recessed into, so you could let it sit free. The advantage is that you can flip the top over once is gets banged/glued/stained/damaged/etc. We generally have screwed our tops from below (we use while melamine coated panels) and just lay the bottom shelf panel in place (we only use the lowermost shelf position and it's B-C plywood).
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
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Trumax11
 - Columbus, Ohio
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Question

Is the middle shelf location (height) fixed, or is it user-defined based on individual needs?

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 - pa
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The middle shelf location is fixed. The manufacturer recommends that you place your shelf in this location.
answered 5 months ago
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answer 2
two fixed locations only, as shown in the photo. We only use the bottom location and we've used over 10 of these kits in our workshop. You could make up some 2x4 spacers if you really need a different shelf height, but it might be better to start from scratch if the standard shelf locations don't work for you.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
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Trumax11
 - Columbus, Ohio
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answer 3
It is fixed
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
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MDH06
 - Rochester, MN
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answer 4
It is fixed, based on the angled, pre-drilled holes in the legs.
answered 4 months ago
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Jim80018
 - Denver, CO
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