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10-30-2011 11:39 PM

We own a flooring store and we have a bunch of spare boxes of oak flooring. Its not going to get used because it’s a large hodgepodge of stuff. It’s all 3/4” thick by 2 1/4” wide. I was gonna run it all through my thickness planer to make it all flat and then laminate it together by facegluing all the pieces. It might take some time, but it’s free material. Would it be worth it and would oak make a good workbench top for a garage workspace where the temp is not consistent, or should I look elsewhere?

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#1 posted 10-31-2011 12:35 AM

I would do it if I had free material. Especially if the pieces were as long as I wanted the top to be deep.
After the glue up you can flatten the entire top with a router if the glue up(s) aren’t perfect:
Good luck on your project.

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#2 posted 10-31-2011 01:19 AM

after the lamination, if I had ten men and a boy to lift it

done in a heart beat

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#3 posted 10-31-2011 02:02 AM

an easier way would be to lay it as flooring on 3/4 plywood, the plywood could be doubled or more if you want to more weight

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#4 posted 10-31-2011 02:07 AM


I’d do it. Knock off the tongues and grooves and you’ll end up with a little less than 2”. Oh, yeah, I’d do it.


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#5 posted 10-31-2011 02:23 AM

yes can be done – yes should be done (Free material) – yes I would do it if I were you.

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#6 posted 10-31-2011 02:26 AM

It’s a great idea. I wish I had your materials! Check-out my projects. I made a knife block for the kitchen counter with oak floor flooring cut-offs. It turned out geat!

Hey, what about the idea of only cutting off one edge and setting the flooring on edge… creating a workbench top “about” 1.75” thick.


-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#7 posted 10-31-2011 02:56 AM

Yeah that was the idea. Cut off the tongue and groove, stand them on end and glue it up. Would make it just under 2 inches thick of end grain. I’m gonna start doing it.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#8 posted 10-31-2011 04:45 AM

Is that pre finished flooring?

If it is, be aware that the factory finish on some flooring has aluminum oxide in it. It will absolutely eat your planer knives.

If it’s the unfinished variety, I’d go for it.

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#9 posted 10-31-2011 06:24 AM

It is mostly finished, but it’s mostly traditional Bruce flooring with just multiple coats of polyurethane. I don’t think it’ll be too bad.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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