I am building my first bench with bigleaf maple which I had some good deal on.
They’re 6 inches wide and 2 inches thick and 8′ long.
I wanted to ask if you would rip these to 4 inches in width to make benchtop of 4 inches thick (and use the other ~2 inches of ripped pieces for some other purpose) or if you would just use the whole thing and make 6 inches thick benchtop.
The concern with 6 inch thick benchtop which is 8′ long is the weight. Most times weight is a good thing (as per all the books I have read) but just checking if 6 inch thick benchtop is generally considered too much.
What would you do?