|Forum topic by RTim||posted 03-22-2011 09:51 PM||746 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
03-22-2011 09:51 PM
I have just about finished getting my workshop into a state where I can safely work without tripping over the piles of piles that had collected in there over the years (pictures to come soon once I can locate the camera). I now find myself desiring a true woodworking bench with the appropriate vices, dog holes, etc. For a top, I have an old oak table top that I saved from a dumpster 12-15 years ago that originally measured 48×60 but now measures 42×60 as I had to rip 3” off each side to get it home. The top is 1 1/2” thick and they wanted to throw it out!
If I continue to rip the top into 3” widths, I can end up with bench top that is ~24×60. Is this sufficient for a bench top? I could make it wider by making 2 12” sides with a tool well in the center for a 30” top. Or I can leave the top at it’s current size (42×60x1 1/2) and use the 2 cut off strips to add depth for the vice mount and dog holes.
I plan to make a base from either some 8/4 or 12/4 poplar or some ripped and glued sections of 2x material…depending on budget. I do have a few 2×12s in the shed that aren’t doing anything and they would make a nice set of sturdy legs with a little work…and they’re all paid for.
Which option would you choose if this were your dilemma? A larger, thinner top or a narrower, thicker top?
-- Tim from MA -- "Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franlin