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Forum topic by smartlikestick posted 11-30-2009 03:28 AM 2243 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-30-2009 03:28 AM

Topic tags/keywords: workbench birch

Hey all:

I’m looking to make a bench soon. I’m wondering if birch would make a suitable material? In my area, I can get milled birch for about $1bf, which is about a fifth the price of alder/cherry. Wondering if anyone has comments on this application.

Also, any suggestions for styles and features would be great. I want the bench to be very suitable for hand work – already have an assembly table.


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#1 posted 11-30-2009 03:33 AM

Have you read Christopher Schwarz’s workbench book?

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#2 posted 11-30-2009 03:55 AM

if you enter the words work bench in the search will get probably all you want on the subject..including pictures of these beautiful benches..and can read of there specific features…its the best way i know how to help you with this…..

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#3 posted 11-30-2009 04:09 AM

Hey Mike
You can build benches out of many types of wood , Birch is not as hard as some woods but should do the job,
I always tell my student to do what works for them. They have built benches out of every thing from plywood
to purple heart. At $1.00 a ft it seems like a great bargain.

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#4 posted 11-30-2009 04:26 AM

birch is great wood to work with. go for it …

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#5 posted 11-30-2009 04:35 AM

I would use hard maple for the top.

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