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    Default Bench benchtop material

    Looking around today for a suitable material for my new work bench top, and I see that the big green shed sells Kitchen benchtops made from Bamboo, laminated from strips. I know bamboo is hard as steel because I've laid many many square metres of bamboo flooring and it destroys tungsten blades real quick, so how would it go as a work bench? I'm thinking I'd epoxy glue and press two panels together to get about 65 mm thickness. then fit it to a merbau frame. once it's built it wont be going anywhere it will weigh a ton! Any thoughts anyone?
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    Evan Dunstone uses bamboo on some of his workbenches which is a good an endorsement as you can get. Personally I wouldn't bother with the merbau frame and I'd use 3 layers but that's just for aesthetics and to add weight. Depending on the frame and the dimensions of the the legs and stretchers, 65mm may look anaemic.



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    Here's a bench I built for my drill. The top is 66mm made up of 2 layers of Ash Utility Panel. The bench is only 1m wide and the legs are 90 x 65 and the long stretcher is 105 wide. 66mm is ok for such a short bench but I don't think I would have gotten away with the 66mm top if the bench was any wider. Just my opinion.

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    nice, that drill is interesting. I saw that vic. ash utility panel too, much cheaper, but they couldn't tell me what type of glue is used to laminate it. presumable it would be urea or epoxy of some sort.

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    I used the these bamboo bench tops for some work benches - coated with two coats of boat building epoxy. Rock hard, impervious to chemicals and gorgeous (to my eyes). What more could you ask for!

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    I'm guessing the bamboo benchtop would also be very stable, since it doesn't really have grain as such?

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverbuilder View Post
    .......what type of glue is used to laminate it.

    I'm certainly no expert, but I think it may be a polyurethane type glue judging how it foamed out of some of the voids and cracks.

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