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Posted on Best Work Bench Design for Hand Tools? Your thoughts.

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#1 posted 09-12-2012 11:43 PM

I used LVL (laminated veneer lumber) for my top; got the design from Schwarz’s book. Not terribly expensive and easy to come by. It’s 1/8” thick layers of SYP laminated together. You can check my blog for lots of info.

I tend to agree with Brett though, flattening in the future could be dicey with a plywood top. Maybe plywood with a top layer of solid wood (hard or soft) so you can flatten a few times. Also agree on weight; I had a ~100lb bench and it’s now my TS outfeed table; just didn’t cut it for hand tool work. I’d be planing with one foot on the stretcher of the bench to hold it in place. My new bench top alone is over 200lb; much nicer to work on. Now, you don’t have to get all that mass from the wood in the bench, a shelf loaded with cinder blocks can add mass too.

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