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#1 posted 02-26-2018 03:53 AM

THat is beautiful wood. I am not sure I have ever seen one built with a solid slab. Most people glue boards together to laminate them, with the edge grain ending up the work surface. So your slab that is 4” thick you would cut to say 4×4 strips, rotate them 90 degrees then glue them side by side. That way you end up with a 4” thick bench, but the grain is oriented such that it won’t want to warp out of flat as fast or as often.

If you do that with your slabs, you would have the ability to make the whole bench the same thickness. Your padauk slab would be cut in to pieces 4” x 3”. The laminated strips would be narrower than the mahogany strips, but I think it would still look fine.

I know though that you paid much money for slabs that thick and wide, so you may be reluctant to cut them. I may also just be unaware that people build benches out of solid slabs like that, so you could be fine. If you keep the slabs together, you could make up the difference in thickness of the two slabs with the legs alone. The legs under the thinner slab would be longer by the difference in thickness of the two slabs. And your stretchers between the legs under the top could be stepped to fit as well. Then you get the split top like you want and still retain the functionality.


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