I used 1" salvaged plywood for the base of th top 3/4" high density chip board for the next layer up & 1/4" tempered Masonite for the top Wrapped in salvaged Poplar with the bench legs & stretchers out of salvaged Poplar. The original plane was out of Woodsmith where the legs were grooved on the inside & 3/4' plywood was glued & fastened between the front & back leg then I shimmed out & put a piece of peg board over the plywood. After 6 years or more its time to replace the Masonite top which is the great thing about this way of constructing the top. I'll just unscrew the Poplar end to get at the edge of the Masonite & pull it loose & replace it with a new piece. The top is approximately 3' x 6' finished with wipe on Watco finish which is nice I can just rub down with steel wool & wipe on another coat whenever it looks like it needs it including the top. I like simple & quickly replacable.
Last edited by Bart Leetch; 12-10-2008 at 05:26 AM.
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