The third option which i use myself is nothing at all. Jump to latest follow 1 7 of 7 posts.
Finally douglas fir s very high stiffness ratings make for a very stable platform to work on.
Is douglas fir good woodworking bench top to use. I had my eye on some 4 8 material to make my top with only one glue line but it was not meant to be. I have sort of an aversion to using lag screws in soft lumber and this bench is built entirely of douglas fir. Joined aug 5 2013 3 posts.
The all mighty schwarz has discussed this in fact i just read about it in his workbench tome. And the thickness of the planks. Daddy s daddy registered.
The weight is light enough that as a knockdown bench it will be portable but heavy enough that once assembled i will have an immobile object. Thick douglas fir bridge planks which are about 12 inches wide. Best way to finish douglas fir for outdoor bench.
Originally i had planned on just using lag screws to fasten the top to the trestles and mount the vises but ruled that out. Discussion starter 1 aug 5 2013. Instead get a 2×12 or 2×10 that looks good and rip the 4 stock from the edges.
My bench top is made of 3 in. The fir is acceptable but his conclusion is that 2x4s are the bottom of the barrel in construction grade lumber and should be passed over for bench building. Douglas fir slab workbench top question think i d use the first pictured pieces for the top.
Leave the all thread in. Early on i made the decision to go with kiln dried douglas fir. But it might be feasible to drill horizontal holes use all thread for clamping and good glue to close up the gaps.
The top measures 3 ft. I have used this bench since about 1974. Maybe even use a spring on one end so pressure is maintained through out time.
Other than being used looking it is as good today as it was the day i made it.