Thanks for the info -
With respect to using poplar for the bench top, I guess I wasn't aware that
it was so soft. I've been using the panels as a makeshift bench for a
couple of months(sitting on sawhorses). They are a little soft, but I
figured that they just needed a finish treatment.
These panels were just too good to pass up when my friend offered them to
me - they are actually "seconds" from a shop that makes wood coffins - they
were supposed to be the bottoms for the coffins.
Maybe I'll use them for cabinets like you suggested, or I was going to make
a bench arrangement for my compound miter saw and my future RAS, so maybe
I'm building a table with maple right now. I REALLY like maple, it works
good, and has a great appearance. So I think I'll go back to using it for
Thanks for your help -
I made my bench top out of press board for the same reason. I don't have
to care about dinging the top, getting glue on it. If I ever feel the
need, I can flip the top over and start dinging a new top, or replace it
at a fairly cheap cost.
Thanks guys -
I think I'm going to use the poplar panels. What's the worst that can
happen? I have to replace the top - I plan on making it similar to Frank
Klausz's bench (from "The Workbench Book"), with some modifications from
Keith Rucker ("Building a Traditional Workbench"), so it should be easy to
change out the top. I'll put a good hard finish on it, and not worry about
I figure it's kind of like a pick-up if you don't want it scratched, and if
you don't buy it to haul wood, gravel, dirt, etc., what's the point? Why
not just buy a car instead?
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