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My layout benchwork is similar to a deck layout

I used;

2X4 standard grade (not the cheapest) for legs and cross pieces

1/2 plywood for top sanded one side Not particle board because I don’t like particle board dust and not hardwood covered for cost reduction and cause it’s covered anyway

Have also used steel 2x4s made for framing in past for longer runs, over 8 ft

Pros; Cheap, easy to design multiple sizes, readily available sturdy and easily covered with homasote or pink board

Cons; Have to cut, heavy(relatively), hard to make pretty outside curves,maybe harder to transport

Your 4x12 ft will layout well off 4x8 sheets

Hope this helps

Steven T

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Last edited by train steve
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