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Forum topic by camin posted 12-22-2009 03:03 AM 905 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-22-2009 03:03 AM

First time up on the forum. Hope ya’ll can help me out. Am building a work bench. Got the Landis bench book, etc. Why does it seem that maple (hard?) is the preferred material for the top? I’d like to try to get it right the first time.

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#1 posted 12-22-2009 03:19 AM

Super hard close grained wood, it don’t dent easy and is not so quick to absorb spills. Oh and Maple is cheap as hardwoods go.

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#2 posted 12-22-2009 04:55 AM

Ditto what Dan posted and I would add that it is also readily available. One additional note also is that for a bench Chris Schwarz also recommends using southern yellow pine which is also cheap and readily available at lumber yards and home centers.

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