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Forum topic by spunwood posted 01-08-2011 02:52 PM 2003 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-08-2011 02:52 PM

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I have a bunch of oak available. Is there any reason I should not build a traditional workbench (tail vise…dogs) out of it?


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#1 posted 01-08-2011 03:41 PM

No reason that I know of, maple seems to be the traditional wood for a workbench. My bench is oak and it works fine. I’d say, use what’s available.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 01-08-2011 04:11 PM

Any Hardwood works. I agree with Hal use what is available.

-- Marc

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#3 posted 01-08-2011 04:47 PM

I would consider oak to be the preferred hardwood for workbenches. However, I favor bamboo for the top work service (with an oak perimeter).

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 01-08-2011 05:35 PM

Most top-notch furniture is made of oak, so why not ? Go for it.

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#5 posted 01-08-2011 05:52 PM

Sure. There are a ton of designs that incorporate oak. Hell…there are a ton that incorporate pine too. I’m strongly leaning to using pine myself, skirted with hardwood (most likely oak) and perhaps using a hardboard overlay (I like Rich’s idea for bamboo as well). I like the idea of a convertable, replaceable top workbench.

If extra heft is a concern (when using a lighter top), you could just incorporate a drawer unit underneath, more like a shaker-build.

Nobody is going to call you stupid building a workbench out of whatever is cheap and available…which you can still make as utilitarian and enduring as anything else. IMHO, building an entire workbench out of hardwood has more to do with form and less with function.

-- jay,

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#6 posted 01-08-2011 06:44 PM

Thanks fella’s. Appriciate the input for a project that probably will not begin until the spring…or later.


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