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    Starting My first bench

    Recently I came across a 54" x 64" x 2 1/4" thick hard maple top and thought I could take advantage of the situation and build my first bench. Here is the top I found on craigslist for $75. I removed the rods and cut the top in half I am planning on trimming all sides and marring the 2 tops together to make a 63" x 26" X 4 1/2" top. That would make the top alone 210 lbs. I am planning to cut out a tool trough from the top piece before glueing the 2 together then drilling round dog holes as you see here. With the wood removed for the tool trough I was going to use for the front vise and the ramps in the tool trough. So any thoughts or comments would be great.
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    Tom,

    Why not do the trough another way and sell the other piece of the slab. 4 1/2" seems to be awfully thick for a top.

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    I agree that that would make for an awfully thick top. Would probably cause difficulty with clamping. How about making two benches?

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    I was thinking of making 2 benches at 2 1/4" and make one for my son but 1- I have no room for 2 benches and 2 This bench will be his one day
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    tom, my ol` bench is 4" thick and i love it! solid as a rock...tod
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    Trust me...Moving that top with 2 people was not fun! I thought my arms got 3" longer from carrying it...
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    tod, just saw your bench on the other thread. You're right. That thing ain't going anywhere. Maybe Tom does have the right idea sticking those slabs together.

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    you`ve gotta put it where you intend for it to stay! it`s a real bugger to move
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    I had similar find on a couple maple tops. The company I work for was going to throw them out I took one of the tops and ripped a couple pieces for the front skirt where the vices would mount. Seems to work ok! also made to bench mobile with a couple cams to raise it on the castors...the joy of working in a garage/shop that still has to function as a garage. At least thats what the wife says

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    Hi Ed. Would thos handels at the bottom be to raise and lower wheels to make it easyer to move around...
    Reg

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