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The "What am I doing?" Holtzapffel Workbench #3: The glue up

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Blog entry by DragonLady posted 03-14-2010 04:23 AM 1212 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Foray into Four-Square Part 3 of The "What am I doing?" Holtzapffel Workbench series Part 4: Final glue up of top »

Started gluing up tonight. Doing one or two at a time, depending on how the pieces look. Going pretty smoothly so far. Spread some glue, position and clamp, set the timer for 35 mins. Rinse and repeat.

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I filed some notches in a cheap 3” plastic scraper I had laying around and I’m using that to spread the glue with. Works really well.
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Got nine done tonight. Will do the rest tomorrow, and then comes the really hard part of flattening and smoothing the surface. With only hand tools! Oy, what have I gotten myself into?

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This thing is no where NEAR even. And I have a feeling I’m going to run out of glue before I run out of boards…

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!



8 comments so far

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bigike

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#1 posted 03-14-2010 04:25 AM

Good luck! are these 2×4’s?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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DragonLady

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#2 posted 03-14-2010 04:27 AM

They are 2×8’s that I ripped in half.

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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sparks

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#3 posted 03-14-2010 04:44 AM

I’ve done the same. Have u decided how you are going to attach legs. I’ve had several ideas but can’t decide.

-- Sparks

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DragonLady

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#4 posted 03-14-2010 04:46 AM

Sparks, I think I’m going to cut the tenons in the top of the legs, and mortise the top, but not glue or pin them together. Just set the top down on the legs. I need to be able to disassemble it later for moving, and the top should be heavy enough.

If that doesn’t work, then I’ll just end up pinning them, but not gluing. I can knock the pins out later if I have to.

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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Tim29

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#5 posted 03-14-2010 05:10 AM

glue for this type of project seems to evaporate out of thin air. Just when you think you have all you need you need more. I did 2 of my workbenches with the same type of tops. I caved and used a 20” planer. Good luck with the rest of the top and keep us posted with updates. Its looking great!

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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SPalm

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#6 posted 03-14-2010 02:35 PM

Looks good. I would flatten the top with a router and sled. It works real sweet.
Does that fit into your requirement of only hand tools?

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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DragonLady

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#7 posted 03-14-2010 05:09 PM

Don’t have a router, and don’t have the money to buy one. :( Don’t have any family with a router, either, so I can’t borrow.

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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jack1

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#8 posted 03-15-2010 01:19 AM

I like SPalm’s advice since it’s the easiest way to flatten big surfaces. Keep bugging people, there are lots of routers out there…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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