a 21st century bench with engineered wood #2: restarting after a long pause

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Blog entry by metolius posted 06-16-2020 05:06 PM 423 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last I left this topic was last year or before, leaving it at “What is to be done for the bench top?”

I really wanted to get a couple beams of Parallam PSL, parallel stranded lumber. There is an interesting video on How to finish a Parallam Beam that looked like fun.

When I queried for a quote for two 4×12, 8 foot beams. They replied with $370USD. That is about $6/bf ! I was torn. I have been scanning Craigslist ads for several months looking for someone may have spare. Nothing has come up within 50 miles.

Looking over my thick slices of ply, I figured out that I could do the top with whats on hand at about 2.75-3 inch thick.

Here’s a few stood up to consider bench height. Ive been putting the boards at different heights to scour an opinion.

I have not yet found my religion in work bench height. There are very different and compelling recommendations presented by respected professionals. I am 5’10”. The recommended height for me is in the range of 32” → 38”.

I’ve plenty of time to consider height and gather opinion.

So until we arrive at that bridge, off we go with bottles of glue.

-- derek / oregon

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