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Forum topic by SBRPearce posted 05-30-2012 03:36 PM 1215 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-30-2012 03:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: workbench top maple

I’m aiming to build a bench mostly for hand tool work, and I inherited a laminated maple conference-table top 2 1/4” thick. Would this be thick enough for a bench-top, or do you believe I should add additional layers to beef it up?

If it needs reinforcement and additional mass, I’ll probably glue-laminate a couple sheets of 3/4” MDF to the bottom, using screws as clamps, before chopping mortises for the support framework.

Thanks for your thoughts – this is my first post.

-- "Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do." -Mark Twain

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#1 posted 05-30-2012 04:03 PM

I think 2 1/4” of maple should be fine for a benchtop, unless you have a crazy wide span between the legs (say more than 4 or 5 feet.)

You’ll probably want to roughen up the finish. Most conference room tables are super smooth, which is not so good for work holding, but other than that it should work fine.

-- John

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#2 posted 05-30-2012 04:19 PM

I would say yes its large enough, you can put a skirt around the top edge thats say 3” and give it more support.

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#3 posted 05-30-2012 04:32 PM

thats the thickness of my workbench, and it’s holding up just fine (very heavy top)

as mentioned you can add a wider skirt around it for better work holding (clamping/vise), but for most – the 2.25” thickness should be more than good enough.

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#4 posted 05-30-2012 04:44 PM

A lot of folks would kill for a 2 1/4 inch maple top. This should work out just fine.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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