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Forum topic by sawdustrich posted 02-17-2011 05:30 PM 834 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-17-2011 05:30 PM

I am building a workbench that will replace the side extension table on my tablesaw. I used old oak flooring I got out of a barn and have the glued up all the parts for the table.

My 2 questions are:

1) Should I put end pieces on the table top or can I go with the ends exposed? I will have an end vise on the end away from the table saw.

2) Should I put a finish of some kind on the table or leave it natural? If finished, what type works best for a workbench that is also the wing of a tablesaw?

By the way, the oak flooring I used was planed down to a 1/2” wide by 1-3/8” thick. I glued the 1-3/8” sides together so the top of the table shows the 1/2” side.

Any thoughts sure would help.

-- Rich, Columbus, Ohio

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#1 posted 02-17-2011 05:36 PM

Sounds like a great project. My thoughts would be to put an end piece on…I think it would look more finished and it will also protect the ends from chipping. As far as the finish is concerned, I wouldnt put a finish on. I just think over time it will scratch up and probably look worse than just plane. I have a beech work bench and there is no finish on it and its been fine. Matter of fact, the instructions for it said not to put a finish on it for what that is worth. Good luck with it…post some pixs when you can.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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