Workbench top advice sought
I'm new to the forum and a relatively low-skilled woodworker. I need a workbench and have two Ikea oak laminated table tops (31"x49"x1.25") that I'm considering using as a top for the workbench. However, I have no idea whether this will work and I need some advice!
I have had the tops indoors lying flat on the (warm) basement floor for about 6 months. They seem to be slightly bowed across the shorter dimension -- there is approximately 1/4" gap between the edges when they're lying on top of one another. They haven't shown any sign of getting flatter or more warped.
Here are some options I'm considering:
Option 1: glue, screw, and clamp them together and hope for the best. If I do that should I put the bows like this: )( or like this ))?
Option 2: sand them to open the grain and then try to clamp them to 2x4s in hopes they'll flatten out.
Option 3: use some other material, especially since a 6-8' work bench would be preferable to a 4' one.
What do you think? I'd love to hear which option you prefer and why.