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Posted on Advise: Knotty Cupped Top for Workbench

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Don W

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#1 posted 991 days ago

Its hard to see in the pictures, but it almost looks like it was glued cupped. Is it actually flat from center to each edge?

Having seen the better pictures, (assuming the back side is the same, other than finish) I’d rip it right down the center, flip one side, joint it so its as flat as you can get it, reglue it, flatten as needed, which should be minimal.

If its not dry, I’d rip it and let it dry before re-glueing. (coat the raw edges)

Once oak is dry, oil it. Oil replaces water cells and hardens the wood. BLO would be my choice, unless you want to darken it, then go Danish oil first, then BLO.

I know I’m in a bit of a minority lately, but I think oak is a great wood. That will make a great bench in my opinion. My bet is, unless you going to mis-use that bench (and yes, I mis-use mine a lot) you’ll probably never have to flatten it again, once its dry (assuming you keep it dry) and flat it’ll stay that way.

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