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  • #16

    Re: Good, cheap bench building material.

    Re: Good, cheap bench building material.

    Check your local bowling alley!!

    I had a line on some old lane (i guess they have to replace them due to wear) but it was all gone when i went to check.

    I understand you have to watch for nails though as there are a ton of them in it.

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    • #17

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      Re: Good, cheap bench building material.

      You're welcome to look around for the best salvaged material, but sometimes that is more work than it's worth. You could always use a MDF or ply top and surround it will solid edges. Build a basic (but solid and stable) hardwood base for it out of ash and you would be good to go. When designing the base do so so you can add on a storage cabinet down the road. Maybe plan the entire thing now, but only build the top and structural part of the base.
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      Rob Brown
      Editor - Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement

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      • #18

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        Re: Good, cheap bench building material.

        A few years ago I built a bench for the shop using laminated and finger jointed Douglas fir 4 x 4 10 foot long posts from the local lumber yard. These are solid, full dimension post made from kiln dried stock so they are stable. I lined each piece up using biscuits and glued them up with white glue , then cross drilled them and secured them with 1/2 inch redi-rod. Total cost for the top was less than $100.00. The bench is 9 foot long, 24 inches wide and weighs close to 300 pounds. It's been stable since the day it was built.

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        • #19

          Re: Good, cheap bench building material.

          Re: Good, cheap bench building material.

          I think Rob gives good advice on this.
          Enjoy the process.
          Robert.
          If you can't grow it, catch it, or build it, what makes you think you need it?

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          • #20

            Re: Good, cheap bench building material.

            Re: Good, cheap bench building material.

            Torsion box made with MDF? super strong, light and flat.

            http://thewoodwhisperer.com/episode-...e-torsion-box/

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