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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.

JDE
Super Contributor

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

MitchellMc
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

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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golfer50
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Re: What timber for a workbench benchtop?

I have a similar question, but a little more specific. I have a pair of sawhorses - https://www.bunnings.com.au/toughbuilt-2-piece-sawhorse-and-jobsite-table_p5820831 which also double as a jobsite table with a couple of bits of 2 x 4. I'm trying to figure out what to use for the table. The gap between the two positions for the 2x4s is about 1000mm so I need something at least that deep. It's gotta be reasonably sturdy/thick but, it can't be too heavy. Any suggestions?

EricL
Bunnings Team Member
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Re: What timber for a workbench benchtop?

Hi @golfer50

 

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community. It's wonderful to have you join us, and thank you for sharing your question about what workbench to use.

 

Based on the conditions you've laid out, I recommend using the 2200 x 600 x 26mm Acacia Solid Oiled Hardwood Project Panel. I suggest pre-drilling the benchtops and using a cup head bolt and butterfly nut to keep the benchtops attached to the 2x4's while in use. Once you're done for the day, the bolt can be released and the workbench can be stored safely. 

 

The benchtop meets some of the conditions you've stated. It is sturdy enough for the worksite at 26mm and can take a bit of weight. It's light enough that you can still carry it to and from your vehicle without needing assistance. If cut in half and joined together to provide more depth, it will provide you with a working space of  1200mm x 1100mm. Which meets your size requirements. Please note that like all timber benchtops, I suggest sealing it with your choice of oil or varnish to protect it from moisture damage.

 

I've placed an image below on what it might look like, please tell me if you had another configuration in mind.

 

If you need further assistance, please let us know.

 

Eric

 

 

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