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Forum topic by jerkylips posted 09-11-2012 03:14 PM 1038 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2012 03:14 PM

hey guys,

Saw this in the most recent “family handyman” magazine & thought I’d share. IKEA has solid hardwood butcher block counters pretty darn cheap – was suggested in the mag to use as a workbench top. For $129, doesn’t seem like a bad idea..

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#1 posted 09-11-2012 04:00 PM

Al (Bertha) was considering that awhile back, but I think he ordered some tops from Grizzly. It’s an interesting idea, but just a little too thin for my taste.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 09-11-2012 04:02 PM

I would agree with Brandon, I was thinking about how it would work out if you glued 2 of those together. For me, I just feel like 1 1/2” is too thin. And then, at $260 it’s not quite as good of a price anymore…

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#3 posted 09-11-2012 04:19 PM

For the effort you can build a top for as little as $60-$80 depending on the cost in your area for SYP. The time and effort is worth it when you get an 8’L x 3.5”T x 30”W top. The best part of it is saying; I built it myself… You don’t feel too bad when you do damage to it and its easy to reflatten. You can stain it or not, just some BLO and or a blend of BLO with other finishes, makes a great looking top and base at a low cost…

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#4 posted 09-11-2012 04:31 PM

I’d take a pass on that one. It would most likely work, but you could do it yourself for a lot cheaper. Pine or Douglas Fir 2×4s are one option. For an idea of a way to do this, check out Paul Sellers’ workbench series, where he does exactly this.


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#5 posted 09-11-2012 06:47 PM

Of course, it depends alot on your idea of a workbench. To use the ikea material as the top for a base cabinet, along a garage wall, more than adequate. For a free-standing powertools bench / assy table / work surface / table saw extension, also pretty nice. But if you’re thinking 1 1/2” for a roubo-style, hand-tools-centric workbench, with end vise and leg vise, etc. etc., I’d pass.

Hope this helps.

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