To the OP
I just saw your bench with the core pine, and maple top. I am actually in the process of the exact same thing. I just bought the pine lumber, still have to go buy the maple. I want a 4" thick top, almost had a heart attack when I figured out the cost of the maple. My bench is going to be massive. 11ft x 30" on one end, and 5ft x 30" on the other. My miter saw will sit in between, and the bench will double as a miter saw station. Is there anything you did in making the bench that you would do different or pit falls to avoid?. My plan is to make the legs and Faux bench top out of pine, 3" top from pine, then make a 1"-2" maple overlay, with maple skirting so the entire bench looks like maple. Let is sit for 1-2 years before I permanently glue them together. Would appreciate any pointers you have before I start the process.