So I was ready to “laminate” the top and bottom door-slabs to make the ~3.5” benchtop. Due to the ugly side-view of the slabs, I had figured to add a skirt or perimeter of white oak I had from a previous project, as well as the vise jaw faces.
I clamped the two slabs then drilled 1” holes through the top to about an inch into the bottom, these would allow big pegs to mechanically join the slabs. I glued the pegs proud on the top, then slid the two parts together with about a pint of Gorilla Glue in the middle.
I hammered the pegs until I reached the bottom of the hole in the bottom slab, then many clamps.
The top looked good, right up until I flipped to show what was the show-side of the bench:
Total blow-out of the veneered top, caused by hammering the big 1” pegs too far. Much cussing followed. but as I looked over the damage, I actually realized that the whole thing would still function as a bench just fine. It did not have to look as pretty as Lon Schleining’s or Chris Schwartz’s benches. This was no Roubo-replica, so why fret if the top (was supposed to be bottom of the top, if that makes sense) has big dowels visible? Furthermore, why bother with skirting from furniture-grade lumber, it is just a bench, an assembly surface and workholding aid?
With that relief, I relaxed and went on. I made the vise-faces from leftover Trex, a super-stable and easy to work material. The endvise went easily.
Finally got it done, you can see the result as my wobble-free bench in my project folder.