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01-03-2015 07:58 PM


i am looking to purchase a large solid hardwood piece for a sideboard table top. this furniture will be used to prepare bread and cut various food items on as well as storage for kitchen aid, food processor and some glass jars of flour etc.

i realize it’s cost prohibitive to get a true solid piece of hardwood these days. however maybe there are glued together hardwood counters available online or other… my dimensions are 30” wide minimum 2” thick and 60” long. additionally i’ll be mounting stout 3”x3” or 4”x4” legs with a hard wood skirting to brace the entire table.

if anyone has built such a table before perhaps they could direct me to the materials i require and a simple plan.

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#1 posted 01-03-2015 08:10 PM

I know it may sound strange but pine can be made to work. I use fir 2×4s for some of my shelf units and the method is thus; I rip the rounded edge off the 2×4 first, just about an eighth of an ince is all. Then I rip the 2×4 again to two 1 1/4” strips. I then turn the wood so the side grain is up. Glue them together and you have a fairly hard surface which also lends itself to distressing very well if you like that sort of thing. It’s cheap and about as hard as some hardwoods because of the side grain. You can use hardwood cutting boards on top of the counter so you don’t scar it up or you can let it scar and just either sand it down again or even replace it. The total investment is about $45.00 for the wood which as you know won’t get you much maple or pecan. Hope this helps.

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#2 posted 01-03-2015 08:16 PM

wow! great idea. i will have to farm out the wood cutting part as i have no table saw etc… but i do have some clamps and titebond.

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#3 posted 01-04-2015 02:22 AM

I don’t disagree with what Russell says. But you’re only talking about 30 board feet of wood. I can get domestic hardwoods (oak, ash, maple, birch, elm) for less than $3 a bf. This is, of course, twice as much as the estimate for fir, but it’s only 45$ more for a project on which you will be investing a great deal of your own time.
Prices may be higher where you are (check on Craigslist, though).
The other possibility is Ikea – they sell wood countertop in birch, beech and oak that is quite nice, though I doubt you’ll get it at 30 inches wide.
Finally, whether you use fir or a hardwood you’ll need (in additon to a tablesaw or bandsaw) a jointer, planer and a lot of sanding or handplaning to get this large panel glued up and flat.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#4 posted 01-04-2015 02:38 AM

You can purchase premade maple workbench tops in a 30” by 60” size. Many thicknesses are available. One source is Grizzly Industrial. A 1.75” thickness is $179 plus $79 for shipping. A 2.25” thickness is $340 plus $79 shipping.

I have purchased some 30” by 96” workbench tops and really like them. It is a heck of a lot easier to buy them than making them, especially if you don’t have a lot of power tools.

-- Steve

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#5 posted 01-04-2015 01:15 PM

I have some 2 1/4” thick (unplaned), clear, maple slabs. One 18” slab that is 10’ long will make the top. I sell will these slabs for $6.13/BF after they are kiln dried. That is 33.75 BF x $6.13/BF = $207, and I will plane the slab.

I post this to say that there are thick pieces of quality hardwood available that will not break the bank from small suppliers like me. With this type wood, you have a one of a kind custom piece. You just have to do some homework.

However, you have to have the tools to work with this type wood. There is no getting around this. To do woodworking, you have to have the proper woodworking tools, and that is a significant investment. But, if you use those tools to make numerous projects, the payback is also significant.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#6 posted 01-04-2015 04:12 PM

thank you all for getting back to me. you have supplied the very information i needed in short order. i will be getting back to you soon… have to do some math and budgeting.


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#7 posted 01-04-2015 06:33 PM

Another option might be to check Craigs list for savage maple bowling lanes.

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#8 posted 01-04-2015 06:48 PM

Bowling lanes are full of metal, be careful.

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