I am planning a large shop project of building a large, heavy dut
woodworker's bench. I am in the early planning stages and am currentl
looking at different materials for the entire project. I have quite
bit of 2" thick Padauk, and would like to use it for accents or vise
and accessories. My question is: Would Padauk be hard enough to use fo
the entire bench top or only for borders and accessories? Also, Wha
other woods would make an excellent bench top other than th
traditional maple and beech? Thank You
My workbench is an old bowling alley. Oak works great. I do think that
a light colored wood is desirable. It is often hard to get enough light
in the shop and workbench color can help.
I'm not convinced that hardwood is essential for a workbench. Plywood
makes a suitable workbench - a couple thicknesses are needed to be
Bowling alleys are maple, not oak. Maple is hard, heavy and most of all,
Probably the best wood for a workbench is ipe. The downside is the weight. You
have to carry this stuff around while you work on it. It's about 1/3 more in
weight than oak.
I wouldn't use padauk myself: it's a bit too light, too red to look at all day
long. I once had an ash workbench. My new one is maple, and I like the closed
pore look. If you do a lot of hand work, then avoid the pine benches: not
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