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Posted on top 2x4 lamination on edge rather than face, bad idea?

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#1 posted 10-24-2018 02:53 PM

One question coming out of that, is there a recommended width I should aim for?

I see some of the fancier benches are around 30”, which seems more than reasonable, even if I had to do a large top with intermediate laminated pieces I don t think any single one would exceed a couple feet so I d have enough space to plane it.

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30in is a very wide hand tool bench. Unless you are frequently working on large panels or from both sides of the bench, you don’t need one any wider than you can comfortably reach. My current bench is 24in wide and I am in the process of building another bench that will be ~20in wide and that will be plenty. Much narrower than that and you start to worry about the legs being far enough apart for stability.

Edit: Something jiggled in my memory, so looked it up. Some of the benches from the original French Oak Roubo project (Google it up, but only when you have time and a rag handy for all the drool that will result) were only around 18in wide. Here is Jameel Abraham’s bench from that project.

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