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Title: Benchwork
Post by: AHRJMR on September 11, 2009, 02:34:04 PM
After moving about a year ago I am going ready to get back into the hobby. I have to build new benchwork and I am going to start with a 4' x 8' layout.

How thick does my sheet of plywood have to be 1/4" or 1/2"?  I am going to use 1' x 4" boards for the frame, legs and support pieces.

Thanks,

Jim


Title: Re: Benchwork
Post by: mhampton on September 11, 2009, 03:42:12 PM
Go with the 1/2".  Anything thinner will sag.


Title: Re: Benchwork
Post by: jettrainfan on September 11, 2009, 04:00:21 PM
i have 1/2 and you can have 20-30 pounds on it without a worry!  maybe even more!


Title: Re: Benchwork
Post by: Jim Banner on September 11, 2009, 04:04:34 PM
The 1/2" plywood does not have to be sanded fir plywood.  Sheathing grade spruce is softer, making it easier to work, and about the same price as a sheet of 1/4" sanded fir plywood.

We often cover the whole surface of the plywood with scenery of various kinds, so eventually you probably won't see any of your plywood.  But even if all you do is paint it green, you will find that the rougher surface of sheathing grade plywood looks more natural than the super smooth surface of sanded plywood.

Jim


Title: Re: Benchwork
Post by: trainmaster971 on September 11, 2009, 08:29:26 PM
The 1/2" plywood is fine but you need to get the 4 ply kind.  The 3 ply tries to warp if you get it too wet when doing scenery.