My Workbench - Old Gymnasium Floor Maple

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Forum topic by nd23rin posted 04-16-2009 05:15 PM 2272 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-16-2009 05:15 PM


So, I have a guy on Craigslist selling strips of tongue groove maple from a gym floor he reclaimed…for 1$ a sq. ft. Is this a good price….and can I use this for my workbench top.

What will be the best way to do this, should i cut and form it to my needed size (30 X 80) glue it together and then glue to a sheet of ply?



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#1 posted 04-16-2009 05:27 PM

Gym floors usually have tons of nails in them, and are very narrow stock. You could use it, but I would be very careful.

-- San Diego, CA

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#2 posted 04-16-2009 05:31 PM

how thick are the stripes? how wide are they? if it’s too thin, it may not be worth the trouble.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 04-16-2009 05:45 PM

The price is good. Wider strips would be easier to use, and you’ll likely need some underlayment to thicken up the top and make it rigid, then some trim around the edge to make it nice….should workout pretty well for a few bucks.

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#4 posted 04-17-2009 05:49 PM

I got some gym floor when I first built my shop. I used it on all my bench and counter tops. I used 2 layers of 1/2” plywood then installed the floor on top of that. I built these 5 years ago and it has worked out very well. I use my shop daily so they get plenty of use. I finish them with the original waterlox. My wife now wants the same thing in her kitchen when I build her new cabinets. Sound like a good price.

-- Dustmaker, Kansas

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