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#1 posted 01-03-2012 07:40 AM

I think Lee has a good idea. My thought on the knots is that
the tissue in and around them will always be bucking up and
down on you if you have them on top – no matter how flat
you make it, those knots are likely to be proud when the
humidity is low and shy when it is high.

I don’t know what standard of precision you need from your
bench, but you’ll struggle to make flat frames on a chronically
distorted bench.

One strategy would be to just flatten it and observe it and
see if you can do accurate work on it. If not, the top could
be laminated with a “skin” perhaps 3/4” thick. The knotty
board may not make a good work surface, but as a heavy
substrate I think it would be acceptable and certainly give
your bench some real mass.

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