How many bd ft for a workbench top thats 24x60

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10-19-2010 03:26 AM

I am wondering how many board feet do I need for a 24’‘x60’’ workbench top thats made from 12/4 Poplar stock.

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#1 posted 10-19-2010 04:19 AM

Bentlyj hit it on the head, but try this. Its easier.

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#2 posted 10-19-2010 04:56 AM

As has already been said, but always add about 10% for mistakes. If you are like me, add 50% for mistakes. Personally, I would prefer to use maple for a work bench top. It isn’t a lot more expensive that poplar and it is much heavier and harder. It will hold up a lot better over the long haul.


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#3 posted 10-19-2010 05:04 AM

I cant get 12/4 hard maple or soft maple here.

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#4 posted 10-19-2010 05:12 AM

Get some 8/4 stock and rip in into the width you want. I am building a workbench now from 8/4 soft maple and all of the stock I have is 7-9” wide. I am ripping it all 2.5 inches and will glue them together on edge. By edge gluing them the top will be much more stable than using 12/4 stock flat.

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#6 posted 10-19-2010 05:22 AM

ken has a good idea there charles
a few more glue ups
but a much better top

it will be more stable too
as it won’t swell or twist as much

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#7 posted 10-19-2010 05:30 AM

I get 20 bd. ft at 2 inch thick…BC

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#8 posted 10-19-2010 05:51 AM

They all nailed it! At least 10% waste and the glued up top is definitely the way to go.
What are you doing for the legs or carcase?

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#9 posted 10-19-2010 03:34 PM

I am going to be doing the top.

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#10 posted 10-20-2010 07:57 PM

Make sure you have a matching piece of 1/4” hardboard to sit on the top. I keep this on there as the sacrificial top. Never saw any point in getting glue, paint, or chisel marks in a really nice top.

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#11 posted 10-21-2010 03:48 AM

I’d just buy a forest and knock off everything that didn’t look like a bench.

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#12 posted 10-22-2010 12:26 AM

take all your inches 24×60x3 = 4320 /144 = 30 bd. ft

or use waynes link to calculator.

or alternately you can take 24in width x length in ft which is 5ft. x thickness 3 in. = 360 /12 = 30

or use wayne’s link to calculator.

Have fun on your project.

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