When the spirit moves me, my woodworking progresses quickly. In the space of a day or so, I went from dimensional 1×12 pine to a dovetailed, rabbeted, glued and nailed carcass for what was supposed to be an under-workbench cabinet.
The whole point of this cabinet was to add some heft to the new workbench without compromising the spirit of “no stretchers”. The new workbench had a tendency to scoot around while under heavy planing use. But, it turns out, all I needed to do was add some treads to the bench and it stays perfectly still.
They may not be good for the knees, but the cheapo home center anti-fatigue mats are quite effective non-skid surfaces for workbenches. I should have known. Back in my old apartment, my dining table workbench sat on top of one of these mats. And it never moved an inch, whether or not the bottom shelf was loaded up.
So my new plan is to re-purpose this cabinet as a media console. I will either buy some metal hairpin legs or make a staked-leg base to sit it on top.