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Not exactly what I was expecting
30" x 60" Laminated Maple Bench Top, 88 Lbs.
I was making a work bench and was short on time and decided to purchase this top. I don't think I saved much time. The long edges have a 1/4" round over. To attach a vise and make the bench a bit wider to fit the base I was constructing, I had to cut off each edge to add to the top. Not all the boards on the bottom side are the full thickness their entire length. The voids are filled with some sort of resin.
This top would be fine as a counter top island. Not great for a workbench.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Excellent work surface
My comments are relevant to woodworkers. If used as a counter/island top, the product is just fine as is.
1. I purchased this at my local Woodcraft store and could examine it. Top was in excellent condition. Bottom had a minor filled gouge - not a problem.
2. Rounded long edge had to be cut off to allow addition of a 4.25" maple edge.
3. Top was flat along the long dimension but was out of flat by 1/16" across its 30" dimension. I do not know if one should expect dead flat in a bench top only 1-3/4" thick.
4. One edge was out of square by about 1/8" across 30" using 3-4-5 math to test.
5. There is no reason not to buy this as a workbench top. One should not expect perfection in a wood product that by definition is dimensionally unstable.
P.S. I suggest buying a 3/4" router bit to use to 'drill' bench dog holes.
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
San Francisco CA
Do not buy this online unless you want to be sending the top back to Woodcraft for replacement. The first 24x60 I received had several grapefruit sized epoxy filled cavities in the bottom so I sent it back. The replacement bottom was good, one small epoxy filled spot but by the time I went to use it, it was past the 90 day return policy. Unfortunatlely the top is way out of flat! I will have to plane at last 1/4 inch off of it to get it flat which leaves only an inch and a half. Buy and select this item in person to be sure you get what you expect.
I am using this for a second bench, during the layout I found that the top was not square from corner to corner off almost a ¼"
Beautiful center piece
Wood working Geologist
This beautiful bench top is being used as a kitchen island in lieu of a stone counter top. I needed a durable surface that I could cut on as well as entertain on, and an island with a rock counter-top is useless to me. I did have to dimension the cutting block a bit so I could match it to the counter tops I already had for the rest of the kitchen, but that was easily done.
The Bench top is a very beautiful piece of wood that comes ready to install with rounded over edges on the long sides, and straight cut on the ends. The top and sides are already treated and as it comes should be good enough to go into any application. There are no glue gaps in between the maple joints, and the few natural wood flaws (knots or holes) are already properly filled. This bench/counter is ready go to as is (provided).
However, be sure to inspect your top when you receive it. Mine came to me with several dings and bangs that were created during shipping and that I had to work to get out of it. Stripping and re-applying butcher block oil is not hard, but it is cumbersome when you want to get things done. I do wish there was an option to have it slightly over sized so I could cut it to size, and raw so I could finish it the way I want to without having to strip, sand and treat it.
Overall, a very nice piece that I am proud to have in the middle of my kitchen among all my own work.
As solid as expected
Ballston Spa, NY
This is a solid worktable top that will not warp - - I need a perfectly flat top, and this is it!
Excellent Work Surface
I have been using the maple top as a bench top for several weeks now and I'm very satisfied. It is imperative to have a flat surface like this one has.
Packaging was substantial and corners were protected by plastic, however I did find many chips and small cuts around the edges and corners. Nothing I can't live with. As one other person mentioned, the long sides were rounded. I too will be cutting that off. Good for a counter top maybe but not a bench top where I use the straight lines to line up project parts and or measure from. Well worth the price.
Rock Solid Top
Dennis at Forever Furniture
I bought a Grizzly laminated maple workbench a few years ago. It was advertised as a 2" thick top. However, only the apron was 2". The top was actually < 3/4". After a couple of years it started to sag in the middle. When I saw this top, it was a answer to my prayers. This top is incredible! Solid and dead flat! I was able to re-use the Grizzly workbench legs, and now have a top qualtiy workbench that will last for many, many years. I highly recommend this top!!
Solid counter top
Pompton Plains, NJ
Solid counter top. I found a well constructed base and attached the two. Made a strong table my wife loves. The top has a resonale damage resistance and is easy to repaire. Also is easly cleaned. But do not expect to carry it your self.
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