Maple workbench slab?

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Forum topic by prap posted 12-22-2011 04:03 AM 3076 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-22-2011 04:03 AM

This week I purchased 60”x 30” workbench top from a local Woodcraft store thats closing its doors next month. My question is, since I’m not going to start making the rest of the bench till the spring,would it be ok to stand it on edge till then?
Thanks Phil

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#1 posted 12-22-2011 06:44 AM

put a thin coat of sealer or something on it to protect it from the damp, but unless you are storing it in a really humid place, it should be fine. But don’t hold me to that….

See when things are made like that, they are supposed to have the boards grains flipped in opposite directions in order to ensure stability. But I wasn’t there to see them glue it up, nor have I seen it to tell.

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#2 posted 12-22-2011 08:29 PM

Prap, is the “Maple workbench slab?” really a slab? Or is it one of those professionally laminated maple tops that are coated with a high tech sealer, the ones on their web catalog or found on the grizzly site? I seem to remember if it is one of those it might have a makers mark, burned or stained in. If it identifies the maker I would visit their webpage and ask.

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#3 posted 12-23-2011 08:30 AM

Make sure that air can get around it on all sides.

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#4 posted 12-23-2011 06:15 PM

Yeah, you can stand it on end but it is best not to. If necessary then have it lightly tipped into the wall so the weight is as up and down as possible. Maple will and does warp due to gravity as it dries, but not so much after been dry. It is better to lay it on its side unless you have a shelf type holder to lay it flat.

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#5 posted 12-23-2011 07:23 PM

Is it this one?

30” x 60” Laminated Maple Bench Top

“a single, warp-resistant, self-supporting panel” “Ultraviolet cured acrylic finish is resistant to water, alcohol and solvent detergents.”

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#6 posted 12-24-2011 12:29 AM

Yes, thats the one. Right know it’s leaning up against the wall in my garage on a piece of carpet. I could lay it flat but it would be just one more thing I’ld have to step over. There is no heat in there now, I don’t know if that would make a difference or not. I have not even taken the cardboard off that it came in so it’s still covered on all sides except the bottom. It’s stamped on the bottom Welded Wood, I went on line to their web site but could not find any thing on storing it. I guess I could send them an email.

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#7 posted 12-24-2011 12:54 AM

prap, It’s yours now but it is their product and finish. I would think that it’s stability was not an issue but I would think and hope that the manufacturer would know. I would hate to tell you my opinion and be wrong, others here are much more knowledgeable than myself.

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