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J. Schwiebert
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:47 am    Post subject: Work Bench tops Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Where do I find plans for a good work bench top for working with wood only? Thanks in advance. J.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:08 am    Post subject: Re: Work Bench tops Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've made 3 benches with old used solid wood doors. They are unbelievable. Made my own legs out of 2x4s.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Work Bench tops Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Just a thought here....my uncle made a good work table for his son and he purchased the wood from a local bowling alley that was putting in new bowling lanes.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Work Bench tops Reply to specific post Reply with quote

i made a 4'x8' bench by glueing and screwing 2 sheets of 3/4" plywood together. Make sure they are flat & not warped when you glue & screw them. The base is braced 4"x4"x34 1/2" posts tied together with 2"x6"s
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 2:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Work Bench tops Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you have a Habitat for Humanity organization near by there will probably also be a Restore in the area affiliated with it. Restore is a great place to find used solid core doors or planking for a work bench.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 3:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Work Bench tops Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have the frame done. It is a welded frame. Do any of you use bench dogs?
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 3:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Work Bench tops Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There is a local truss company near me that has scrap LVL (2-1/2" thick plywood) makes great bench tops. Comes in 6" to 24" widths, I glued a couple together for a 3 foot wide top. Mark
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 4:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Work Bench tops Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Double layer of 3/4 ply - 3/4 CDX bottom and 3/4 AC ply on top. 2x4 frame with 4x4 legs.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 4:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Work Bench tops Reply to specific post Reply with quote

About 45 years ago I took 2x4’s on edge and glued them together. That’s still my main woodworking bench. I didn’t have access to many clamps back then so I predrilled each piece and slid 1/2” threaded rod thru and tightened that up. Used a fender washer on the last piece. I had counterbored a recess for the nuts so they would be flush. I trimmed each piece so the rounded corners were gone before glue up. Then I hand planed it all smooth. I’ve refinished it many times. Still have plenty of top left. I recommend ting oil for a finish. Easy to keep up. As to your bench dog question, I don’t know how you do woodwork without them. My vise has a dog that lines up with the holes. Great for clamping long stock flat.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 6:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Work Bench tops Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I don't know about plans but for material the best benches and tops I have ever seen were made from a repurposed bowling alley floor and from recovered semi truck flooring.

I used to work at a mill where they made the flooring and it was pretty wild to see big pieces of wood sawn down to little pieces and glued back into big pieces,pressed, planed and the entire mill output come out through a slot in the back wall one (long) board at a time.
I'm betting that stuff is pretty high dollar too.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Work Bench tops Reply to specific post Reply with quote

All work benches are "Laminated Douglas Fir" beams from an old school.
20' long........:)
Some of the "Laminated Wood Beams" work bench's are 6" thick..............:)
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 2:56 am    Post subject: Re: Work Bench tops Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I made two bench tops years ago by ripping 2" planks, that are actually 1 1/2" thick, into 1" strips and gluing them together. For my tool shop I just used dry yellow pine 2"X 6" and belt sanded them.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:27 am    Post subject: Re: Work Bench tops Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Old tractor trailer floor works grreat.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:14 am    Post subject: Re: Work Bench tops Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Why did you need to make your own legs? Did you accidently saw them off while building a bench top? Was it hard to learn to walk on legs made out of 2x4s? What did you use for legs for the bench? (Sorry, but I have a habit of taking what people say in a way other than what they mean.)
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2020 7:01 am    Post subject: Re: Work Bench tops Reply to specific post Reply with quote

mine are all kitchen counter tops strong,smooth, easy to clean, look good and things can't fall behind and a little lip on the front so stuff don't drip or roll off buy seconds so they are cheep
 
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