|Forum topic by tpmwoodworker||posted 02-09-2015 04:16 PM||693 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
02-09-2015 04:16 PM
I’m new to woodworking. But I’ve been on a crash course for the last few months. The last few weeks I’ve been building a woodworking bench. A few wrong turns and course corrections. But I’ve learned a lot. I’ve got the base built. And I’ve laminated a top from Douglas Fir 2×4s. The dimensions are 24 ’’ by 60’’. When I was planing the top I’ve already knocked some chips off the edges. And I’m realizing I want to add hardwood edging along the side – mainly to protect the edges but also to make it look better.
So here’s the question. I can see where attaching a hardwood to a softwood could lead to some problems (mainly because of differing stability, reaction to humidity, etc), especially if you laminate them together. So is what I’m proposing here doable? If so, is there a particular kind of wood that would be best suited? (Obviously I’d like something with a lot of hardness to resist dings and damage and ideally I’d like a dark wood to contrast with the Fir – but the color isn’t a big deal). And does trying to laminate the edging to the top make sense or is bolting or screwing more advisable.
Here is the current state of the project for reference. I still have to cut one side of the top and for now it’s just resting on the base.
Any advice is much appreciated. I’m really glad to join this forum.
-- Newcomer to Woodworking, Looking to Learn More