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What timber for a workbench benchtop?

RTDavis
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What timber for a workbench benchtop?

I am looking for suitable timber to add as workshop bench top. The top will be screwed onto an existing cupboard. I require a piece of timber 2185 x 500/600 wide x 20 (or so) thickness. Has anyone got some suggestions?

MitchellMc
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Re: Work Bench bench top

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @RTDavis. It's fantastic to have you join us, and many thanks for your question about workbench tops.

 

If you are happy with a softwood top, the ECOply 2400 x 1200 x 19mm CD Structural Plywood would be functional and close to your required thickness. If you could drop the thickness down to 17mm, you could go with Carter Holt Harvey FORMrite 2400 x 1200mm 17mm F14 Formply. The benefit would be you'll get a quite hard finish on the formply compared to the plywood. 

 

If you wanted a hardwood top, the Selex 2200x600x26mm Beech Laminated Worktop Panel and 2200 x 600 x 26mm Acacia Solid Oiled Hardwood Project Panel could be options. 

 

Let me mention some members that have built their own workbenches @r23on, @JoeAzza, @tom_builds, @Razzer, @Baggs, @WoodenGregsWood, @Tara86 and @Nikki7 to see if they have some recommendations.

 

Please let me know if you have questions.

 

Mitchell

 

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Razzer
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Re: What timber for a workbench benchtop?

@RTDavis 

 

Sorry for the delay. All work and no play.

 

I used formply on mine. Easier to clean mess from it and nothing sticks to it. I will be putting a a few builds up soon, just trying to finish them. They are a cupboard workbench and a mobile work bench. They may give you so ideas.

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JDE
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Re: What timber for a workbench benchtop?

@RTDavis 

I recently re did the top of my bench. I used a sheet of AraucoPly 2250x600x30mm bx deco plywood from Bunnings $62 all you would have to do is trim the end or let hang over and paint it if you want to harden it. I like it because its solid has a bit of weight and was the right size for me. JDE

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MitchellMc
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Re: What timber for a workbench benchtop?

It's great to see both @Razzer and @JDE make some helpful suggestions @RTDavis.

 

Have you had any luck deciding on what material you'll use?

 

Mitchell

 

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