My 21st Century Bench Revisited #4: My 21st Century Bench Revisited #4

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Blog entry by fineamerican posted 07-25-2010 06:29 AM 1628 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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4th Down and time to punt
I decided that there was no reason to continue on with the bench top I was working on in “The Glue Dance” post. I didn’t like the feel of that bench, and not to mention the glue up didn’t go as planned. This time, Ive selected some Mahogany that sat outside for a unknown amount of time, and its now “Sun Dried Mahogany” if you will. Today I moved planks around and ended up with a very cool looking book match on one end that Ive determined to be my face vise side. I cut out dog holes about 6” on center and have made arrangements with the first few planks to accept a European style tail vise. I will post pics after this section is flat, and just before the next stage of glue up. One thing I should have known but didn’t do is its best to glue up the top in sections, rather than trying to wrestle a bunch of planks and the race against strong quick setting adhesives! All is well, and the other bench top will serve somewhere maybe a new glue up table.

-- John A. Thomas, South Carolina,

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#1 posted 07-25-2010 07:40 AM

Hi John,

When I am faced with a multiple part glue up that includes a lot of alignment issues, I move to hide glue (it comes in a bottle just like TiteBond). It has a much longer open time. That really takes the pressure off.

when laying out the pattern of your bench dog holes, pay attention to the throw distance of your end vise. The distance between holes should be less than the throw of your vice to accommodate a complete variety of lengths of stock.


-- vicrider

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