Today, I spent some more time working on the timbers for the top. The top will be about 27” wide, laminated from 18 segments of 8/4 hard maple. Actually, its going to be more than 18, because I only was able to get 14 width pieces (@ 5” wide) from my stock, and I’m gluing the remaining four segments up from the ripping leftovers from the 14. That means one 3 piece glue up, and 3 2 piece glue ups. I got through all three of the two piece glue-ups today, the first two I did using Titebond II, the last I did using Gorilla Glue. Since I haven’t done any large glue-ups using yellow glue in a few years, I ended up using a fair bit more than necessary, but still used a lot more than I would have expected. The glue ups are on edge, 9+ feet long and close to two inches thick, 5” wide. 15 clamps on each one.
While it was overly messy, the yellow glue process went much easier than the polyurethane, although I suspect the poly squeeze out will be a lot simpler to fix. Why, you may wonder, did the yellow glue process go easier? Because poly glue has the consistency of cold honey. It is a royal pain to squeeze out of the bottle, and more troublesome to spread. Why is it so blasted thick??
Tomorrow, actually, it is tomorrow now, but after I get up in the morning, I’ll glue up the last segment, then I’ll start cleaning up the face jointed surface of the 14, thickness all of them, face joint the 4 glued up timbers, thickness them, and start the big laminations. In truth, I don’t expect to actually get started on the big laminations tomorrow, but optimism never hurt.
Here a pic of one of today’s glue-ups on my existing bench.
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