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Forum topic by sawdustmaster posted 09-06-2010 11:13 PM 963 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-06-2010 11:13 PM

I am going to purchase lumber tomorrow for my workbench. I was planning on getting hard maple but have noticed that the yard only sells hard maple in 4/4, but they DO sell soft maple in 8/4 which is the size I want. Will the soft maple be ok for the bench or should I consider Beech or Ash before soft maple. The table will be laminated 72”x30”x2.5” .

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#1 posted 09-06-2010 11:47 PM

I’m not sure if you are talking about the top, the frame or both.

IMO, soft maple would be fine for the frame, but not for the top. For the top, you could use a layer of 8/4 soft maple with a layer of 4/4 hard maple on top of it.

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