Work bench discussion
Off and on over the years I've thought about building a new workbench. In HS we had the large 6' x 6' or so butcher block topped lockers that had a vice on each corner. In my dad's shop, they were ususally steel bases with a double layer of either ply or particle board with formica on top. currently I've got mostly ones that are either just old kitchen cabinets with formica tops or 2x4 frames with a double layer of ply. I'm just trying to get some thoughts/questions out and am open to feedback as to what others have tried and used and what they like and don't like...
What would be the advantage of a butcher block top?
Would you use hard or soft woods and why?
Would a plywood or other substrate be more suitable for expansion/contraction given I don't have a climate controlled shop?
Torsion box top?
Long and narrow, or equally wide in each direction?
Metal or wood base?
Movable or stationary?
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