Material and board thickness for Roubo workbench top

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Forum topic by Coalson posted 05-22-2016 12:30 AM 844 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2016 12:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: roubo lumber workbench bench top ash white oak

I live in the East Georgia area. I want to build a Roubo Split-top Style workbench. I am trying to find the best material to use. The 8/4 Hard Maple for my top would cost $450. 8/4 Ash would cost $375 for the top. I found enough White Oak in 4/4 that would cost around $200. I also found 4/4 Ash that would cost less than $200. Other than taking more time to laminate the 4/4 material to my desired thickness, what are the drawbacks to using 1x material to make a bench top. I have used Cypress lumber from this mill several times in the past. It has always planed smooth at 1 1/16 inch thick. I would expect to get 1 inch thick boards from each piece. Thanks!

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#1 posted 05-22-2016 03:05 AM

I’m in the middle of my split top Roubo build. I’m following the Benchcrafted plans. I think you’ll be just fine with 4/4, it’s just more surfacing etc…

I mainly bought 8/4 but had to go buy and mix in some 4/4 stock. Mine is soft maple and cherry.

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