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Blog entry by RichClark posted 06-09-2009 03:00 AM 973 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: CLICK.... HUMMM ..... THUNK! Part 4 of Finished the Research and Making a WorkBench! series Part 5: Topping the "top" »

Sorry I’m late.. but alot has been going on.

Jumping back in Today were making the TOP…

Only cut what you can glue up (trust me on this, Movement will kill you (and me I had to add 2 more sticks after I tossed several I just cut last weekend that did the Watusi on me and I decided it was cheaper to just spend another 16 bucks and get a pair of 10’ start over pieces)

So, The Glue really needs to dry for at least 4 hours. On a good weekend I can really only make a pair due to the Honeydo’s I have to get done.

Looking at the fist post (cut list) your pretty much Cross Cutting the longer boards to size ( on the ones that are pure waste on either end, I tried to center the good wood out of the knots as best I could). So cutting accordingly you rip them down the middle then reset your fence for a bit of Watusi, and cut them again to 4 1/4. Then I cleaned up the faces with a pass thru my jointer and then my planer. I glued up that pile and it looked Something like this…

GLUE UP 1 of 4

Once the pile is dried we Cleaned it up again on the Jointer and the Planer and then by hand using a #7 LN Jointer. I say we! As it was a tag team event, with my son pitching in.. Was like 93 degrees and 87% humidity and it was brutal. We took some bench chisels and cleaned up the glue.

Cleaning it up

Oh notice how we have the ends set? Hopefully getting the best figure on the top/bottom. Your going to plane this or get it sanded someplace flat, so you want to align the grain as best ya can… unless you have a huge planer!


Once its cleaned up run it through your jointer then use the planer to square up the 3 faces. (a note about careful measuring is good here… I was more concerned of squareness of the pieces and disregarded the fact that it might be thicker then my planer on edge.. the result was… alot of work! My Table top planer can do 12.5 wide.. but 6.23 tall is an issue. I was wrapped around the axle that my JOINTER could do 8”... forgot that is useless.. anyway.. keep them to 6” and it will work. (Lucky me College was out and I pay for it and food!)

Hand getting that last side

In the end you get something like this…


Ill post the Joint cutting next…

-- Duct Tape is the Force! It has a light side and a dark side and it Binds the Universe together!

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#1 posted 06-09-2009 03:07 AM

that looks soooo good….

good tip about cut only what you can glue up – been there, done that – lots of work went to waste. try to group ‘small’ sub-projects together than run all lumber through each step and let it sit before you get to the next one.

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#2 posted 06-09-2009 05:11 AM

Was right ya are.. right up to “SIT” Now ON SYP I cut once size and glue or its gonna go Watusi.. trust me.. I have alot of Perfectly sized twisted so horribly I thought I would explain to my Son why I was so upset (after buying “as good as I oculd and taking into account warping” wood).. I taught him how to use the Jointer yeats ago and told him to joint the 2/4.5 resawed from a 2×12 so its pretty close to 1/4 sawn. and in the end he proudly showed me a piece of 4×1.2ish..

anyway.. cut and glue if ya can stay up all night or have over 400 clamps go for it.. but I only have like 32 or so…


-- Duct Tape is the Force! It has a light side and a dark side and it Binds the Universe together!

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