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Blog entry by nobuckle posted 08-22-2012 11:37 AM 1206 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up these pieces of Maple butcher block at my local Habitat for Humanity Restore for $13.91. I plan to use them as the top of my workbench. I want to join them together at the ends to make one long top but I am unsure about how to do it. Any suggestions?



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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 08-22-2012 11:54 AM

Rip them down to 4” pieces and re-glue in a staggered, finger-joint style of interlock maybe? A lot of work, but it’d create an integrated top. Interested to hear what other responses you get.

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BTimmons

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#2 posted 08-22-2012 02:17 PM

I think Smitty has the right idea. You can’t count on simply butting the existing pieces together and expect them to be flat.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Roger

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#3 posted 08-22-2012 02:27 PM

Should be a fabulous top. If there is a cabinet shop in your area, you may be able to have them run it through their industrial sized drum sander for a few bux.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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bladedust

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#4 posted 08-22-2012 04:11 PM

I wonder if you can finger joint them and use a tortion box underneath to ensure flatness.

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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bladedust

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#5 posted 08-22-2012 04:13 PM

I wonder if you can finger joint them and use a tortion box underneath to ensure flatness.

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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waho6o9

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#6 posted 08-22-2012 04:16 PM

Spline joint?
Finger joint?
Domino it.

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waho6o9

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#7 posted 08-22-2012 04:20 PM

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MShort

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#8 posted 08-22-2012 04:34 PM

Looks like the makings of a nice new bench. Looking forward to the finished project.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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Robb

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#9 posted 08-23-2012 09:59 AM

Just as an additional suggestion, if you didn’t want to rip it all down, you could Kreg screw / biscuit / tenon the pieces together at the joint. Then you could add additional support across the joint by gluing more stock across the bottom. I’d wager that after doing that, by the time it’s all supported by a strong bench frame, you’d have a very strong top. I think no matter which direction you go, it’ll be quite a bit of work to get that joint as strong as you’d like it to be. I’m interested to see which direction you pursue. Good luck!

-- Robb

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SPalm

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#10 posted 08-23-2012 04:47 PM

Put a sunken tool tray between them – different but less work than staggered ripped sections. I doubt that a butt joint would stay really smooth over time.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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