|Forum topic by RichardDePetris||posted 05-02-2016 12:19 AM||1918 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
05-02-2016 12:19 AM
Over the past couple of years, I have amassed a sizable pile of pallet stackers. Every time I’m at the Borg, I stop at the lumber department to see if they have any interesting culled lumber. Usually the offerings are scant, but I always manage to scrounge a few pallet stickers from the trash bin.They are usually Southern Yellow Pine and have a 3/4” or 1” inch groove where plastic tie-down straps rest on to secure lumber during transit. Unlike regular pallet wood, they have no fasteners, except for the easily visible and removable staple. Best of all, they are free (as in fries).
I’m planning a workbench build and I would like to use the pallet stickers as stock material. I plan on sawing the grooves off, leaving anywhere from 3/4” to 1 1/2” inch of stock thickness and then laminate them together to build up thicker stock.
It should work well for legs and rails, but the top poses a challenge. Given that this will be a small workbench, the thickness can be 1 1/2” to 2” and the thickest side of the sticker is 1 1/2 to 2”. The length of the top, however. will be around 5’, significantly longer than the stickers.
I am contemplating two options. The first one is to just stagger the laminations like a wood floor. The second one, is to laminate the stock depth-wise instead of lengthwise. I haven’t seen many workbenches using this lamination style, but it is common in butcher block counters and tables.
This leads to my questions. Will any of my two options compromise the structure or flatness of the top? Thanks in advance.