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Posted on Advise: Knotty Cupped Top for Workbench

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#1 posted 10-24-2011 04:49 PM

Thanks again for the input guys. I’m inclined to do as little cutting and gluing as possible and I do like the current look. I would just go ahead and flatten it as is but I don’t want to lose 3/4” (3/8” on each side) of thickness.

Don I like the idea of flipping a side and regluing. It will keep the same look, I’ll just have to do some check filling. The underside of the top is checked all the way down the length of the pith. I’m also with you on the BLO, I’m not planning on treating my bench like a piece of furniture. It will get well used so BLO will let me touch it up easily.

I agree with you about oak. It’s a nice wood and hand plains well, I’ve done a few Oak projects and they look good if you choose the right grain and finish.

Lee, I don’t think there is any way to turn the pith and make it look differently. If I had to rip it down to a few pieces I would probably need to replace the pith.

Here is a pic of the underside.

Thanks again guys, I’ll post the project when I finish it eventually. Now I need to find some big wood for legs and stretchers. I have a bunch of 4/4 oak I could use but gluing all that up would not be fun.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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