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John Ormsby

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#1 posted 03-16-2011 06:35 AM

I made my with maple. Because I had a lot at the time I built the bench. That said, I would prefer to use red beech for another one.
red beech is a very good wood for a bench. It will take abuse and will not harm the chisels. It mills well and is quite stable. The harder wood will also allow one to use better. It will not leave indentations on the bottom side the table when clamping things directly to the bench surface. The small indentations will make clamping more bothersome over time. A harder surface will have as many dents on the surface over time. I like a flat smooth surface to work on.
Just my 2 cents worth.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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