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Forum topic by KTMM (Krunkthemadman) posted 07-03-2010 06:38 AM 2675 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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KTMM (Krunkthemadman)

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07-03-2010 06:38 AM

Topic tags/keywords: joining milling question workbench plywood

Ok, so I have a bench with a top made of HD plywood. I have two sheets of this screwed together. The bench does ok, but I want more precision. With this in mind, I should mention that I got about six 3’x5’ sheets of unfinished, 5-ply, “void free” red and white oak plywood. I believe the 2nd and 4th layers of this wood are mdf or some other composite. Ok, so my idea is to cut a bunch of 4”-5”inch wide strips and face glue them all together to make a bench top. So basically the bench top will be made up of plywood edges. I plan to hand plane the top flat with my new old Stanley No7.

Anyway, I’m thinking of making a new fangled workbench with a top made like this. Any input is welcome.

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#1 posted 07-03-2010 03:09 PM

Why not just make a torsion box top. It would give you the strength need plus a flat and level top. Will be interesting to see what you come up with. Plan to build the new fangled workbench myself.

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#2 posted 07-03-2010 05:17 PM

I worked on less bench than that for years. The problem I had with the MDF top was not the top but the legs. They allowed the top to move. I built a modifyed New fangled workbench and love it. (Added storage, beefier top, Etc) The torsion box top sounds better than layiered plywood.

If you need more ideas on benches download sketchup and visit 3d warehouse. Popular woodworking put all thier workbench plans on 3d warehouse. Sketchup is free.

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