|Forum topic by ben||posted 11-23-2007 07:53 PM||1165 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
11-23-2007 07:53 PM
So many questions… so little time… and turkey day had me thinking about my projects the whole day long. Hope everybody had/is having a great holiday :) On with my question…
I am hoping to start work on the FWW John White new-fangled bench this weekend, and had a realization. A local hardwood dealer had a pallet of cherry shorts, many of which is in mediocre condition, which he is selling super cheap. Most of them are ~2 feet in length, 6/4, and 6-8 inches width. I was thinking about buying a couple handfuls, and milling them down to 1-1/4×2” pieces in 2 foot length, and then staggering them into a top for a 2” deep bench. It would look roughly like this (imagine each letter is a different piece):
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Would this be sufficient strong? Is 2” too much / not enough for this kind of arrangement (what would a reasonable minimum be)? People say that long grain gluing is stronger than the wood, so if done correctly, it feels like it should be plenty strong for an 8 foot long top. Also, does cherry make a poor benchtop? I am mainly aiming for cheap, but thought that the discount cherry might be worth the extra effort (instead of the recommended doug fir. By the way, in case you’re wanting to see what the design looks like, Jeff (aka Caliper) kept a blog his construction of the same project.