bald cypress for workbench

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Forum topic by khanegan posted 05-01-2014 04:11 PM 1136 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-01-2014 04:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cypress workbench

I”m somewhat new to woodworking (have been at it for ~3 years) and am new to the forum. After making do with a workmate in an apartment for a few years, I’m finally moving to a house with a shop, and look forward to building a proper workbench for the handtool work that I primarily do. So far, it seems the preferred material for workbenches is whatever you can get cheaply and in large enough thicknesses to create the necessary mass, usually fir or pine. In my area (South Louisiana), large bald cypress beams are frequently on the market for a good price from both demos of old houses and as waste from columns used in new construction, so cypress seems like a possibility for my bench. Does anyone have any experience using cypress in bench construction, or are familiar with its properties and pros and cons for this use? Apart from its rot resistance, I’m wondering about stability (especially in high humidity), workability for the occasional flattening, and toughness for use as a bench top.


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#1 posted 05-01-2014 04:18 PM

My experience using it for woodworking is non existent. I have used it for rafters and timber framed structural elements. It is surely hard and dense enough, is well suited to gluing, and is also a clean grain. I think it is an excellent choice for a workbench.

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#2 posted 05-01-2014 04:24 PM

Cypress is pretty nice to work with. I’ve never heard of a cypress work bench, but I think it would be an excellent choice. Some people do prefer softer woods for their benches with the theory that it will be the bench and not your work piece that will get dinged if you drop it.

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#3 posted 05-01-2014 04:30 PM

I have worked with reclaimed Cypress a number of times and agree totally with Buckethead above! I think you will find it easy to make it flat and it will stay that way unless you were to expose it to some pretty drastic circumstances. An excellent material for a workbench!

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#4 posted 05-02-2014 12:54 AM

It is pretty soft but William just built a really nice bench from all cottonwood so cypress should work fine.

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