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08-19-2007 03:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bench maple

I have a chunk of hard maple about 12×4 and have no idea if I should use it as it is (one big chunk) or cut it in pieces and glue it up. I would get 2 more big chucks and make it 24”+ wide.

Please give me your thoughts.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#1 posted 08-19-2007 03:35 PM

How long is it now and how much of the ends are checked or split?
It could be used for table legs or resawed , it could be for a table top.
Is there any figure in the wood?


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#2 posted 08-19-2007 04:18 PM

I wouldn’t waste good maple on a danged old work bench.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 08-19-2007 04:27 PM

While most of the prized workbenches are made of maple, Thos does have a point. You could use it to make a nice table instead, such as a sofa table.

Since the wood is thick (4 inches?), I would wonder if it has dried long enough to stabilize it? I would hate to see you resaw it to make a wide top, and then have it warp or check on your some more. If you have a moisture meter, you can make a cut on the end and then check where it is at. If nothing else, you have some nice chopping block material there!

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#4 posted 08-19-2007 10:36 PM

Maple huh? about a maul to smack your fro with. I hate maple.

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#5 posted 08-20-2007 05:59 PM

I also want to know how long the piece is…

If it’s flatsawn, another idea is to resaw it in 6 equal pieces to get quartersawn stock (or close to qs)...then glue up for a top with less movement potential…still gets you your ~24” and you could probably get it to 1-3/4” thick overall.

Have a picture of this piece?

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#6 posted 08-22-2007 03:49 PM

I was away for a few days, but back now. The board is 7’ + long and 3×12. No checking and klin dried.
Here are 3 pics:

I can get a few more slaps like this or maybe get a few 4×4s. I am not sure how to cut it for a bench top and would rather get it closer to correct on my first attempt :) I do not mind the cost of trial and error but I do not really want to waste the time it will take to learn by trial and error <laugh>. As I get older time is more valuable than the cash. (never having kids helps a lot in the $$ area <grin>

It is just a thought but what if I put two 1” + strips of walnut in the top to give it some character? Is walnut hard enough for work bench top?

Thank you all.

Moisture meter is on my wish list :)

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#7 posted 08-22-2007 05:26 PM

Thanks for the pics – it’s definitely flatsawn

I see your quandary…so, what are you gonna do? huh, huh…

If you can get more, and this stuff is stable and going into a stable climate, a massive 3” thick bench top would be pretty cool.

The relatively thin strips of walnut would probably be fine in there…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#8 posted 08-22-2007 05:55 PM

I am not sure what to do with it as far as cutting it up. Should I cut it up into smaller parts and let it sit a few weeks and then mill it and glue it up or used it as large slabs. I am new to all this, I am pretty much a rough framer by trade :) not a fine wood worker (yet) :)

But I am trying

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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