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Blog entry by jacob34 posted 02-18-2014 01:50 AM 749 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I am starting my bench except where I purchased my lumber they or he did not have the lumber I wanted in 8/4 stock so I have gone with 4/4 stock. I am curious is every one uses 8/4 because it is less gluing up or am I in reality going to run into issue using the thinner stock. I am making the top out of cherry and the legs and frame from pine. This is the cherry cut to length and waiting to be glued up and planned. I have seen a few plans and am curious about the trust rods. I do not plan on putting rods through my top it is that going to affect it?

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log



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Airframer

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#1 posted 02-18-2014 01:58 AM

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/31539

Happy reading!

4/4 will be fine it just means an extra gallon of glue or so. Not sure what you mean by adding rods to the top?

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#2 posted 02-18-2014 02:18 AM

Jacob,
I’ll step back and see what more experienced guys say but I put 5 pieces of 1/2” all thread rod through my bench patterned after the Stubby Nubs bench. I started with a 19” x 82”x 5” LAM beam and added 2×6 ’s to make it wider. The drilling was a pain in the butt but I can really pull it tight as the added boards are not a tight as I would like.
I really abuse my “Heavy Dutyson” bench so Cherry would have been a sacrilege.
Yours looks like furniture, very nice job.
RMC

-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.

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jacob34

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#3 posted 02-18-2014 03:09 AM

Air I mean trust rods or all thread.

FWARMC I tell ya I was going to go with something else but I like cherry and unless I went with poplar or pine the cherry was about the same per foot as some of the other choices, at least where I buy lumber. I watched the stumpy nubs video too which is what made me wonder about whether I needed to put in all thread.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#4 posted 02-18-2014 03:13 AM

If you are laminating the top and gluing each lamination I don’t think all thread is needed. My .02 anyway.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#5 posted 02-18-2014 12:35 PM

Just gluing is typical for bench builds. You don’t need rods.

How thick is the top going to be?

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#6 posted 02-18-2014 02:42 PM

Great looking bench top jacob!

You’re fine with out the all thread.

I don’t see any glue squeeze out so I’m assuming this is a dry fit?

A bunch of glue and some cauls and you’ll have a great flat bench.

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#7 posted 02-18-2014 05:56 PM

Don I am going with 6” thick in the first 6” and then 3” for 12” with a tray at the end that will be probably be 6” wide.

waho609 that is a dry fit yes.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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