Work bench #1: Preparing and gluing the top.

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Blog entry by Dean10 posted 02-12-2010 07:41 AM 1633 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Right now I’m making a bench for woodworking this summer. Ive started with the top. To begin, I salvaged wood from my schools old gym floor (Hard rock maple, absolutely freeee, because i have friends in high places :D), next, i took out all the nails and trimmed up the end grain. Then my instructure helped me rip off the grove and tongue joints from the flooring, and I planed it to nice looking peices of lumber. Tonight me and him glued up 1 of 3 segments of the table, which i’ll plane prior to joining all three. so far its coming along rather nicely. Any comments/ suggestions?

-- "May you live in interesting times"

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#1 posted 02-12-2010 07:46 AM

Wow what a ton of work.

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#2 posted 02-12-2010 08:43 AM

I love the recycling. That is going to be incredibly cool when you are done. Keep us posted.

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#3 posted 02-12-2010 02:28 PM

You are off to a great start. Keep it up.

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#4 posted 02-12-2010 04:29 PM

You is off to a good start!

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#5 posted 02-12-2010 07:32 PM

This a bench to that you will be able to use for the ages, all of your ages any way.

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#6 posted 02-12-2010 07:37 PM

Great Project, looks like the way your building it, it will last forever. Nice re-use of the flooring.


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#7 posted 02-12-2010 08:07 PM

I am right do you have to worry about grain pattens when you do such a large glue up of difference wood? By the way there go’s the “spare” bin pile:)

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#8 posted 02-13-2010 06:59 AM

Dean, you’ve said that this is one of three?? Either you are planing on an extremely thick bench, or one that will be really wide ?
I recently finished working on my bench, it is a very gratifying experience, one that I do not want to ever do again but also one that I am glad that I did. You do have a ton of work in front of you… will get frustrated, you will want to quit, you will want to postpone it….please don’t. Once you are through you will feel a great sense of accomplishment!
Hang in there and please keep us posted of the developments.

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#9 posted 02-13-2010 07:28 PM

In actuallity the picture of that glue up is only a foot wide, it doesnt really show does it? The burn marks were a result of warped wood, thinking back now we could have jointed the grove side of each wood piece but it was my instructures desision, he wanted to get it done. The burn marks are gone know, just planed it down a 1/8 of an inch. Ill do as u said tom and check it, and from now on ill do that. I didnt know it made that much difference, just that it kept certain wood from buckling occasionally when clamped. THe finished work bench is planned to be 3 feet by 5, havent decided a height.

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#10 posted 02-13-2010 07:32 PM

COOL!!!!! Thanks for the post!! Please keep us informed as to the project?

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#11 posted 02-16-2010 09:26 AM

That’s going to be a nice workbench. I am also in the process of building a bench. I have a bunch of hard maple, but some it is still seasoning. Just ordered my bench vises though. I have the legs and runners built out of Doug fir. I will probably scrap them and make the whole thing out of the maple since I was able to acquire more of it. Looking forward to seeing your progress posts.

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