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Forum topic by chip73 posted 12-16-2012 02:49 PM 518 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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chip73

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12-16-2012 02:49 PM

Came across a maple top that was 1-1/2” thick and I want to use it for my workbench. I don’t do a lot of hand tools mostly power (Shoulders shot). I was wondering using this for a 5’ bench do I need to beef it up or will it hold up pretty well. Just worried about sag.
Thnks for any input.

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#1 posted 12-16-2012 02:56 PM

If you build the legs/stand for that top with a frame around the top of it, I’d say that 1.5” is PLENTY thick.

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#2 posted 12-16-2012 03:13 PM

Think of it as a problem of shelf deflection – a 5 foot length 24 inches deep of 1.5” maple is only going to sag about 0.03 inches even if it unsupported. As Joe says, any kind of frame at the top, and it just won’t sag at all. For power tool use, I would not think twice. It will do fine for casual hand tool use as well, for that matter.

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#3 posted 12-16-2012 03:46 PM

A work bench with a proper apron will be perfect for your top.

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