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Posted on How thick should a laminated woodworking bench top be

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#1 posted 07-30-2014 04:47 PM

I, too, followed the Chris Schwarz specs and found them very helpful. A couple of more comments about thickness.

I know some folks on LJ have built workbenches like works of art—they are stunning. I am jealous. On the other hand, I am not the type that could do justice to that type of workbench. I will spill finish, bang it with a mallet, drop something on it, etc. I don’t want a bubinga/zebrawood table that I’m scared of using. I used Ash to sandwich my SYP on the vices—that’s as exotic as it gets.

Second, I also found Schwarz’s suggestion that workbench tops were something one reengineered every few years according to your needs. I built mine a couple of years ago and already want to go to a split top. I don’t have that much invested in my top and I could make a new one pretty quickly.

Further, since I made my 3” top I can’t ever remember thinking to myself—this thing isn’t substantial/stiff enough for my needs—it is rock solid. I don’t know what I would gain with a thicker top—and mine works with hold fasts.

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