I just finished building my shop and now I’m going to build a nice work bench. My workbench will be multi-purpose as I enjoy restoring old cars (read “beating parts with a hammer from time to time) almost as much as I enjoy woodworking. My question is this – I have quite a bit of red oak I’ve been drying for 3 or so years that I have no other plans for. It’‘ll be approximately 3/4 when I’m done planing, and I plan to abuse this bench so I want it to be thicker than 3/4. The frame of the bench will be made from steel, so the bench frame will be plenty sturdy. My plan for the top is to laminate it to 2 (maybe even 3) boards thick. My current plan is to simply get it flat & straight then overlap my courses of oak and maybe ship lap the edges for more strength. Another possible idea I had, if I go with 3 courses thick is to run the first coarse one direction, then the second course perpendicular, then the third course the same as the first, so it’s perpendicular to the second course as well.
Has anyone done anything similar for a similar purpose and if so, can you share what worked/didn’t work well for you? Thank you for any feedback you provide!
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