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I've read of people building workbench tops that are 3" thick x 30-36" wide by ~8' long from hard maple. I figure they would likely be laminated in thirds (10-12" wide, for planing) and then joined for final width. I'm assuming they would find a cabinet shop with a large sander to bring them to final flatness.

What would be the best way to cut the ends square? I'm guessing it would be a 3hp min cabinet saw (for power and mass) and a ???cross-cut sled??? made from ??3/4" ply??, with ??48" HDPE runners??. The table top would weigh ~300 lbs, heavy but not un-doable with 3 or 4 helpers. It still seems like a lot of work. Is there a better way?

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I would use a circular saw and a guide.

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I've read of people building workbench tops that are 3" thick x 30-36" wide by ~8' long from hard maple. I figure they would likely be laminated in thirds (10-12" wide, for planing) and then joined for final width. I'm assuming they would find a cabinet shop with a large sander to bring them to final flatness.

What would be the best way to cut the ends square? I'm guessing it would be a 3hp min cabinet saw (for power and mass) and a ???cross-cut sled??? made from ??3/4" ply??, with ??48" HDPE runners??. The table top would weigh ~300 lbs, heavy but not un-doable with 3 or 4 helpers. It still seems like a lot of work. Is there a better way?
The cabinet shop you would use to sand it would also cut it square

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Most power hand saws/circular saw will not cut the 3" thick stock in one pass, from one side,,let the lumber yard/mill/wood shop cut it for you

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Most power hand saws/circular saw will not cut the 3" thick stock in one pass, from one side,,let the lumber yard/mill/wood shop cut it for you

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This is why I love both of my worm drive circ. saws. They are the only circ. saw that will have that kind of power to take on such a task.

Jim, if cost is a matter, sanding it and, cutting it square isn't that difficult either. Hint, hand scraper, if you've ever seen any shows of "Wood Works", you'll see David J. Marks use this method.

Or.... if you can find Norm Abrams video called, "workbench". It's completely made of ply and 2by material. If you'd like I could scan a copy of the plans with his material list and email it to you. It could give you some other ideas.

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DeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeAMmmmn Jim..

300 lps.. a man after my own heart *L*..now thats a heafty benchtop. Once you have the whole thing assembled, How bout routing the ends square to the sides? An 1 1/2" bottom bearing flush cut with guide for the top pass and then a 2" top bearing for the bottom cut' What ever little there may be left in
the middle just sand down.

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HI Ken

I have a worm drive but it still comes down to the diam.of the blade,, worm drive has the power BUT..3 1/4" deep in one true pass in hardwood .. hummmm...


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This is why I love both of my worm drive circ. saws. They are the only circ. saw that will have that kind of power to take on such a task.

Jim, if cost is a matter, sanding it and, cutting it square isn't that difficult either. Hint, hand scraper, if you've ever seen any shows of "Wood Works", you'll see David J. Marks use this method.

Or.... if you can find Norm Abrams video called, "workbench". It's completely made of ply and 2by material. If you'd like I could scan a copy of the plans with his material list and email it to you. It could give you some other ideas.



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HI Jim

Once you have it cut off clamp a board down in place and use the bit below to clean up the cut..

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