Workbench... continued

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Blog entry by Trimble posted 12-16-2010 04:14 PM 4402 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a little more work done on my workbench last night. I had to replace two of the stretchers that were twisted. I thought I could pull the twist out when I put the screws in, but alas, I learned another woodworking lesson :)

So, the base is now done, it’s nothing special, and I’m working on the top. I have two sheets of plywood that came from an old entertainment cabinet.. they are 24”x96” each, and I’m sanding the finish off and I plan to glue them together to get 1 1/2” of benchtop. I may also add a hardboard top to that, but I’d have to go buy that.

So, one concern I have is that I don’t have anywhere near enough clamps to glue to huge sheets to each other. My current thinking is that I can go the garage, which has a very very flat floor, lay the two pieces down on the floor, put the glue between them, and then start stacking boxes of heavy stuff on them for several hours. I dont know if that is enough pressure, but at least it gives lots of weight all over the entire area… I’m thinking lots and lots of boxes of books.

I have a very small hobbiest vice that I’m thinking I can adapt to a front vice on this bench… I just have to carve a block so that it can mount to the bottom of the benchtop at the right spot. and I think I’ll get myself some wonder-pups to do the job of the end vice. I can make some dogs out of dowel, can’t I?

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