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08-04-2012 02:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: workbench

Looking at building a workbench after being inspired by all the Jocks, However how thick should my top be? I am looking at Oak. I build mostly smaller projects (Hobby) though I have built furniture as large as entertainment centers. Thanks

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#1 posted 08-04-2012 02:51 AM

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/40052

Great question and you’re in the right place to figure out what you want. Just insert work bench top
in the search tab on the right near the top and bingo, you’ll have a ton of info.
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/31539

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#2 posted 08-04-2012 03:02 AM

I think it should at least match the thickness of the woodworking vise that you plan to use.
It should be around 2-1/4”. The bench I am working on is 3-1/4”. Actually, I try to maximize the thickness.
At the end of the day you are trying to add mass to your workbench. All that mass is needed for hand work to keep your clamped work piece from moving.

Now power tool guys probably don’t need all this mass. The top could be a lot less in terms of thickness.

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#3 posted 08-04-2012 03:45 AM

If you do a lot of hand planing then you want a thick heavy top to maintain stability, 3-4” is not too thick.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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