|Forum topic by Jason King||posted 02-21-2014 04:50 AM||792 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
02-21-2014 04:50 AM
CAVEAT: I do not have much woodworking experience. I would be so grateful for any responses, but anything overly-technical is likely beyond my understanding.
I am in the process of starting a woodworking workshop and have been collecting lumber for a bench. Since my talent & money are both in short supply (I’d rather spend money on tools than wood at this point), I am planning a simple but thick bench with sturdy lag-bolted legs made of D-Fir from the BORG. I am planning to install a nice Jorgensen vice I purchased on Craigslist and a way-too-nice wagon vise I got for free.
So here’s the question: Is it possible to laminate a few inches of maple within the Douglas fir Benchtop? Here’s my thinking: I would like a 2-4 inch wide strip of maple running the length of the top sandwiched between the major portion of the top and the front apron. The purpose would be as a place for dog holes and provide a strong, stable, & wear-resistant housing for the wagon vise runners. My fear is that a fir-only top would not offer the longevity of maple where the majority of pounding will take place. What are the concerns, if any for different woods combined in a top as it concerns seasonal changes, wood movement, splitting, etc…?
For those kind enough to reply, my thanks. JASON