I was working on fitting the skirt to the front of the bench, and it looks fantastic. in order to get to the final dimensions of 30” width of the top, I’m missing 1/8” extra material between the benchtop and the skirt to fill in the gap, while keeping the skirt flush with the legs fronts. so far so good.
while fitting the skirt to the legs, I noticed that the gap on the left side of the bench is larger than the right side… a quick reach to the tape measure confirmed that indeed the main-slab I was using (with nails in it) wasn’t square – to be honest, I didn’t even think about checking for it in the first place which I should have.
so now I have a top that is based on a non square part, which makes the entire top not square:
as you can see in the picture, there is a smaller gap between the top and the skirt on the right size (~1/8”) then on the left size (~5/16).
my original thought was to create a narrow strip to fill this gap, and make that strip tapered – problem is , this is a really narrow strip, and the taper is so fine, that it’s a 99.9% likely that I won’t be able to get that taper right – wasting time and energy for nothing.
second thought, and this is the method I’m going to be using here, is to place a straight edge across the length of the front of the top, square it with the end, and route the front of the top clean – this will take the taper off, and leave me with an even ~5/16” (I’ll probably enlarge it a bit to maybe 3/8” gap which will be easier for me to fill in (thicker strip). then I just need a square strip to fill in the gap, and I’m done with it.
the thing that somewhat concerns me is the fact that the dog hole strip is aligned and parallel with the skewed main slab – making the dog hole strip not parallel to the front of the bench. the angle is minimal, but for holding longer pieces – the dogs will have an offset of ~3/16” (? about…) which might not hold parts properly for planing…. AAARRRRRRGGGGGG…...
I really hope this will not be a pronounced problem, or this top will need to be burned…
Any ideas/suggestions/confirmation is MOST welcome… this is really bugging me.
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