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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-16-2012, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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Just thinking about building a new workbench for my new shop.

What type of material are you finding to make the best tops?

I don't want to use MDF this time.
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If you don't want to make your own, consider a butcherblock style. Sears has a decent one for about $80.

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Buy a benchtop! My wife would kill me after buying new tools.
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When we remodeled the kitchen and dining room, we replaced the door to the garage.
It was a wood, solid core door. Heavy as all heck, and made a great workbench. I nailed a stringer to the garage wall, made a frame with 2x4s, and screwed the door to it.
I can beat it with a sledge hammer and it's solid.

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IMHO the biggest bestest bang for the buck is plywood 3/4 doubled with grains crossed and belies bumped rip plywood scraps to build an underframe wax and wax some more
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Buy a benchtop! My wife would kill me after buying new tools.
Gotta pick your battles. Sometimes it's worth the cash just to get something done so you can move on to other things.

Besides, you get it done in an hour's trip to Sears, that's more time you can make her what she wants.

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I built mine last year with 2x6 doug fir riped to 2" and glued end grain up, routed dog holes and finished with a mixture of Turpentine, bees wax and BLO. Works great and glue does not stick to it.
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A tip I picked up awhile back about tops was that if you are using multiple layers of material for your top and glueing/screwing them together just remember to figure out where your dog holes are going to be and don't put any screws there.
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Sometimes it's best to just buy one with all the parts you want and need on one.

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Buy one if you want to ....no probs with that..Lie Nielson do a major bench with some awesome vice fittings etc...$2000.00.
But in all honesty, there are so truly easy to make and you can design it around your own needs. I thought it was a really good project to do and enjoy the results.
You will no doubt after you have built it find improvements etc and next time it will be even better.
Check out the ones for sale and use their design specs regarding wood choice and arrangments etc
My table is 4inch by 4 inch square softwood base with hardwood top made up of approx 9inch wide planks approx4 inches thick, can even laminate base layer 2 inches softwood to 2 inch thick hardwood surface layer, all glued and dowelled. Last for years.
But to answer you question....I used 40mm thick top layer of french oak...simply because I have loads of it to hand, tung oiled, seveal times, it seems to be wearing well.
Price some up and you will be surprised how cheap it may be, especially for the small amount you will need for a table top.
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