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Forum topic by Homick posted 02-11-2014 12:14 AM 1274 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2014 12:14 AM

I’m looking to build a Roubo-esque bench … single slab (no gap for tools), thick (at least 3”, no more than 5”) and heavy top with stout legs, leg and tail vice with a sliding deadman.

Focusing on the materials for the top first, I haven’t dismissed any options; hard or softwood, even laminated 2×4 or plywood layers are options (though like most people, I do have a budget). But during my search, I came upon a product that intrigued me as it seems to fit all the criteria for a good benchtop:

Provided I can get a panel in the desired size and price, what do you experienced benchbuilders think of such a thing for a benchtop on a Roubo-styled bench?

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#1 posted 02-11-2014 01:18 AM

Looks like big a$$ plywood to me. I don’t see any problem using that out side of it being cost prohibitive. Also when you laminate your own top you can determine the exact size and thickness you’d like for your bench.

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#2 posted 02-11-2014 03:03 AM

I made my Roubo inspired bench from 4 sheets of 3/4” A-B exterior plywood. My top is 3 1/2” thick with a replaceable top layer of 1/4” MDF. Even made the legs and stretchers from laminated plywood. I have used it for 4 years now and am very happy with it.

I had to be extremely careful when laminating the top to avoid that it would have any warp or twist because once the glue sets you have what you have. For better or for worse.

That Cross-Lam product you linked would avoid having to deal with that. I think that would be very nice if it’s not too expensive. For comparison it took les than $100 for me to build my top; but then I went and banded it with 1×4” hard maple which cost another $100. That Cross-Lam looks fine without banding to me.

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