My First WorkBench Build #2: The top lamination

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Blog entry by BerBer5985 posted 02-07-2012 01:46 AM 2965 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The Stack of Oak for My laminated top Part 2 of My First WorkBench Build series Part 3: Flattening the bottom of the top »

I know everyone posts their workbench build, but I wanted to post mine too. Haha! I had a day off today so I milled my Douglas fir 4×4s as square on all four sides as I could. I was originally going to use a bunch of white oak flooring that we had taken up from a job but I realized that was going to be a lot of work to only end up with a 2” thick top. After milling the 4×4’s they are roughly 3 1/4” thick. Much better. I stacked them end on end to see how they would fit and then glued up with titebond ii time extend glue. I worked to try to get them as square as possible and any discrepancies will be cleaned up with a hand plane after. They went together pretty well and the time taken to square all 4 sides I think paid off. I’ll work on the legs next which I’m still torn on a little as what size to make the legs. I’m installing a leg vise so I want my legs to be solid. I was thinking of milling some 2×6s down and gluing three together to get close to 5” square. Or gluing two 4×4s together to make them roughly 3 1/4” x 6” wide.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#1 posted 02-07-2012 02:48 AM

comin along nicely. that’s some very stout legs yer talkin about. I’ve never seen 5” squared legs before. wow, are ya gonna park a big-truck on it?? why so much beef?? just wonderin

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 02-07-2012 02:56 AM

Well because the stouter the better. Haha. But I have a large wooden vice screw fromlake Erie that I want to make sure has enough beef behind it. Doesn’t hurt to have some massive legs. Top is roughly 20” wide but I was planning on putting an apron dovetailed to an endcAp for a twin screw vise. Not positive yet on the end vise but I’m pretty sure that’s what I want to do.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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