thanks to all that have gave me great suggestions in my previous stand related post... your ideas have come together to make what I hope is a very strong and usefull stand / table
This is a diagram of the stand ... more and better pics will come later, soon as I drop a roll off at the 1hr
pictured is my stand and my lightbox (covered in another post)
the stand is constructed of premium white-board pine studs and 3/4" plywood
fasteners used are #10 2" and 3" steel wood screws (slightly smaller than 3/4" lag screws, and have a phillips head ... in relfection, this was a mistake ... driving a 3" screw into even soft pine took a lot of effort, and these are not hardened steel, so many a screw had it's head stripped ... a lag screw with a hex drive would have resisted stripping more. I also found that lubricating the screw with wood glue before insertion helped a LOT. The reason I choose wood screws over lag screws; I was concerned about driving two 1/4" thick screws into a piece of 3.5" wide 2x4 ... splitting the wood, even with pre-drilling
fasteners where there would be minimal shearing stress were 2" drywall screws ... drywall screws are nice because they are hardened which makes them almost impossible to break or strip ... but, they don't take shearing stress and will just snap rather than bend
again, more pics to come!