Bench Top - Does Anyone See a Problem With Using this Wood?

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Forum topic by helluvawreck posted 09-01-2010 05:12 PM 1449 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-01-2010 05:12 PM

At the plant we have a whole cart of wood that was run as an experiment for a customer to see if he could use this laminated wood instead of solid wood. However, it didn’t work out for him because of the grain of the wood. We didn’t force it on him because it was an experiment and he uses this every so often only it’s solid. It is solid wood only it’s 3 pieces of 4/4 maple inner core with 3/8 inch maple surface. It was squared up and glued in several stages to get to this point. So I figured that I might use it for my home work table. I would like to replace the plywood top on my table at home with a solid wood top. These pieces are 3×3 square and are very straight.

Unfortunately, the four corners have been slightly eased so I might have to shoot them back through the molder to take off a 1/16 top and bottom and then glue them together. Of course, I could go ahead and glue 3 of them together to get five 2-7/8 x 8-7/8 inch pieces and then glue all of these together for a blank that would make a 41 inch wide top. My work table needs to be around 41×85 inches. I was hoping to make one of hard maple but here are these 3×3 blanks and they are straight but they are soft maple. I guess the main deciding factor would be that they are free to me if I want them.

I guess my main thought is that since it hasn’t warped throughout this laminating it’s probably not going to warp after I use it to make a top. Would that be your assumption?

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#1 posted 09-01-2010 05:26 PM

I’m sure they are harder than SYP, which is what is widely recommended a lot(due to price and availability). I think you’ve got those two factors beat. If I were in your shoes, I wouldn’t think twice about it. Go for it.

Oh, and I suggest gluing them together in blocks narrow enough to run through your planer followed by the planing. And if you relly wanted the full thickness, then glue them together, then run a router down the glue joint for a decorative inlay.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 09-01-2010 05:28 PM

Sounds like you have the makings of a great bench top! Go for it! If its maple its good. if its laminated, its good. This opinion from 50 years of woodworking experience.


-- Always remember half of the people in this country are below average.

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#3 posted 09-01-2010 05:37 PM

the narower wood is good ,

the stresses have been minimized already
shrink/expansion almost non-existent .

and free ,
well free is best !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 09-01-2010 05:41 PM

sounds good to me. I’ll send you my address ;) (if only I had room to fit anything larger than a 18gauge nail in the garage that is)

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#5 posted 09-01-2010 06:47 PM

Looks like a deal to me!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#6 posted 09-01-2010 06:47 PM

The only problem I can see is that it isn’t coming my way. LOL

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#7 posted 09-02-2010 03:50 AM

Nah, you don’t want to use that for a bench. Just haul ‘em all home, and I will be down there to take all that scrap stuff off your hands!! LOL

Go for it. That sounds like it would make a fantastic bench.


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#8 posted 09-02-2010 11:10 AM

Don’t waste your time on all of that wood. I think you need to simplly ship that stuff over here to Alabama so I can use it for “firewood.” LOL.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#9 posted 09-02-2010 04:19 PM

Thanks, fellas. I’m so glad to have it that I don’t know what to do. Another week or so I was going to get my brother to order some hard maple and start from scratch. I would have to pay for what we order special for personal use. We were walking through the plant and I just happened to stumble across this cart and I asked him about what it was for. He told me that we can use it for whatever we want because it was in the way and he’d probably rip it up and make something out of it. I do mostly the engineering and maintenance and don’t get too involved with the inventory – sooooo just a lucky break.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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