A cabinetmaker's workbench (in pine) #1: Planing and glueup of flitches

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Blog entry by TravisCorcoran posted 10-14-2009 10:42 PM 1525 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ordered (5) 18′ long 2×12s.

Cut them to half length, yielding (10) 9′ long 2×12s.

Ripped each into three equal pieces, yielding (30) 9′ 2×4s.

Planed the faces of each, reducing thickness to 1 3/8″.

Picked 24 good ones, divided into 4 groups of 6.

Started gluing up the four flitches (each will be 8 1/4″ wide x 3 1/2″ thick).

Each will be allowed to cure for 24 hours, then will be run through the planer.

Then the four bench segments will be glued together.

for about $100 in materials and $0 in labor (less, actually, because I’d be willing to pay for the experience!).

Here are two flitches being clamped at the same time (the difference between two 8 1/4″ flitches, and one extra wide 16 1/2″ flitch ? There’s one set of adjacent 2×4s in there that aren’t glued to each other!)

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#1 posted 10-14-2009 11:09 PM

Good start.

-- wood crafting & classes

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#2 posted 10-15-2009 04:39 PM

Just a little glue leakage there. Good thing you have a supply of pipe clamps. Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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