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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 11-07-2011 03:50 AM

Yes, you can do it. They did it for hundreds of years before power tools. Now, would you want to? Depends on how masochistic you are. Drink lots of water and unless you are used to doing that kind of manual labor, get ready to be crippled up for a few days after.

You are not going to find that much difference in a wide board over smaller stock in this instance. Knots and such are not a real problem in a big layup like this. There is enough mass there that even a bit of twist or bow isn’t going to amount to squat. Get a pry bar and clamp it down and glue it together. A board with some twist won’t be able to move anything in that big of a lamination.

It is all going to move and settle in over time. It’s wood. Deal with it.

Also remember, in a workbench it is only important that the top is flat.

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