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Wood/Material Advice for Work Surface for Bar

Postby Wood_this_work? » Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:05 pm

Hi all,

I've recently been building a bar for a small hotel (after doing a lot of other jobs) and they require a work surface for it as they'd rather have something to work with i.e. paint/distress etc, rather than something solid like a granite work top etc.

I'm a little stumped as to what type of wood to use really.

I/we used a spare bit of 8"x2" PSE to decide that a narrow surface approx 400mm would be ideal, but that's about as far as I've got. I've been to the local timber yard and there isn't a lot of variety...

From them, I'm left with unfortunate sized hardwood..either far too thick so will require a lot of planing, or too thin. Or softwood.

My concerns with softwood is any shrinking/bowing over time and also I'm not sure how durable it'll be.

Any thoughts or advice is welcome.
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