4/4 For Workbench or Butcher Block Top?

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Forum topic by OLCHIEF posted 06-09-2020 10:08 AM 340 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-09-2020 10:08 AM

I have a ton of hurricane windfall red oak and pecan that I had milled to 5/4×6” boards 16 years ago. It has been airdrying for 16 years in the barn. All the butcher block/bench tops I see pictured and in videos are using 6/4 or 8/4 boards. I am contemplating laminating 4/4 boards, I know I will have a lot more gluing to do using thinner boards,, but is there any other downside?

-- OL CHIEF, Florida Panhandle

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#1 posted 06-09-2020 12:44 PM

Not that occur to me. I say gopherit.

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#2 posted 06-09-2020 02:27 PM

It’s fine. Just buy a gallon of glue because you’ll probably need it.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#3 posted 06-09-2020 02:28 PM

i believe 8/4 is used more for expediency than anything else
if anything, your top should be more stable – go for it

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#4 posted 06-09-2020 02:58 PM

Well, one thing I can think of is be more cognizant of twist, warp and bowing etc when arranging them for glue up. If you put all the bows in the same direction you are going to end up with a banana.

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#5 posted 06-09-2020 03:18 PM

No problem with that, I’ve done it many times.

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#6 posted 06-09-2020 10:59 PM

Thanks ya’ll for your thoughts. I will bull forward.

-- OL CHIEF, Florida Panhandle

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