Mixing wood for workbench top

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Forum topic by MikeMikeMike posted 10-26-2018 12:38 PM 454 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-26-2018 12:38 PM

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I’m planning to make a workbench with a hardwood laminated top. I’m trying to keep costs down, so I was thinking of using left over boards that I already have, but they are different species. As long as I stick to species that are considered ok for workbenches (maple, ash, etc…), will I run into problems mixing woods for the top? I’d like it to be flat enough for hand planing. Any advice appreciated!

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#1 posted 10-26-2018 12:47 PM

My first workbench top was made from pallet hardwood. All mixed, and it was perfectly fine. Just use what you have. It’s a workbench, not a piano. Good luck

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#2 posted 10-26-2018 01:16 PM

I used ash for the front edge of my bench and poplar for the rest, it worked out well so far in 5 years of hard use.

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#3 posted 10-26-2018 02:26 PM

I think you can use any wood you want to, but I would try to use hardwoods if possible….Mixing and matching woods is ok…..Like was said, it’s a work bench, not a fine piece of furniture….! Just make it stout enough to handle anything you want to do on it, so it doesn’t rack…..!!!

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