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Hand tool workbench #2: Bench Top Glue-up

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Blog entry by Vance100 posted 07-31-2013 02:47 AM 1193 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I planed the suface defects off the faces of the 2×4’s and cut them to 74”. The width of the glued up lamination will be 12”. I am going to saw the length down to 72” when I’m done. I did find out I have trouble consistently cross-cutting a board square. To help myself out, I made a line down the side of the board instead of just across the top. I could then start off square by cutting along both lines and then sawing across as usual. This really improved my cuts tremendously.


Next, I marked a “x” on top of the side I felt was the best for the top of the bench. I then proceeded to put them together for a clamp-up dry run. I’m glad I did because I found out that some of the gaps would not close together. I pulled the boards out and put a straight edge across the face and found a hump in the middle. I must have planed the edges more than the center causing the hump. I used my #4 Stanley and planed the surfaces flat by skewing the plane and running it up the center of the face.

Now it is time to use some glue.

I used the time tested zig-zag pattern and rubbed the boards together. I used a dead blow hammer to get the boards as flat as I could, working from one end to the other. I did this on my basement floor and it made a huge mess.

I cleaned it up with some rags and water. Hopefully the wife won’t notice any spots I missed.

I used about a half of a quart bottle of glue. I’ll have to buy some more; I wouldn’t want to run out in the middle of a glue-up. Done for the night. Tomorrow I’ll start on the aprons. Thanks for reading.

—Vance



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#1 posted 07-31-2013 03:03 AM

Looking good, Vance!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#2 posted 07-31-2013 03:11 AM

Nice! I left the glue on the garage floor and it popped right off in the morning using a scraper.

There is something particularly enjoyable in gluing up stock to form a hefty timber.

I learned something else from my glue up: Q: How many clamps does a project require? A: More.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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