I am seeking guidance from some more experienced LJs. Recently, I completed two projects that required me to laminate many thick boards together to make massive pieces. The first was my workbench. I tried to keep it simple by just using milled 2×4’s laminated together to make the work surface. The second project was my wife’s dinette table. I made a 40” X 40” bar height maple table that is 2 1/2” thick.
The issue I ran into with both projects involved keeping the pieces flush, square, even, etc. The dinette was especially challenging. I clued it all together, cut it apart, replaned everything and tried again.
At one point, I even drilled holes through each and every piece so I could insert a 3/4” threaded bars to pull the pieces together.
Ultimately, I eliminated the threaded rod and just did a lot of gluing, grinding and sanding. The table completely defeated my inspiration to work with heavy, thick pieces of wood.
I am probably not really spelling this out enough, but can anyone just give me some good tips regarding best practices for laminating thick stock.
I should mention that I do not have a joiner. I always have to use my table saw and planar to get the edges smooth and square. Not the perfect technique, but it works (sometimes).