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#1 posted 04-09-2020 10:44 AM

Thanks for the reply jdh122.

Thanks for the suggestions about keeping the grain direction all the same.

Not all of the planks that I have are the same length…kind of a mixed bag. To get the length that I am looking for I was planning to stagger the boards similar to the table in this video:

would there be any issue with this?

This won t work. If you glue it up that way with two layers at 90 degrees from each other seasonal expansion and contraction will make it split and crack. It works with plywood because the veneer is thin enough, but once you get to the thickness of actual boards it won t work.
As to your original question, there s nothing wrong with a butcherblock style top (as long as we mean one that has strips of wood glued together along the edges, rather than the endgrain construction that was used by actual butchers). In fact it s the most common way to make a top from solid wood.
I can t really see an easy way for you to make a 7 ft bench out of your bowling alley wood. Maye it would work to glue it in two layers (but with both layers having the same grain orientation) with enough overlap (so the top layer would be two 3.5 ft sections, while the lower layer would be 1ft, 5 ft, 1 ft sections).

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