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Posted on Glueing workbench top: maximum gap?

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#1 posted 06-23-2012 05:55 PM

The individual boards were flattened on a large thickness sander in a friend’s cabinet shop. I glued the assemblies (each made of 4 boards) with yellow glue and clamps, but the opposite sides of the assemblies are no longer perfectly parallel or perfectly flat. I’ve been trying to joint with my jack, try, and smoothing planes. I’ve got them in pretty good shape, and I use winding sticks and a 3-foot straight edge, but the sheer size of the assemblies make it tiring to work on them.

I thought about running the assemblies through the thickness sander, but since the assemblies are 5” thick, the infeed and outfeed tables for the sander are too high. I’m thinking it might be easier for me to use my sawhorses and my Workmate and make some supports for infeed and outfeed on the thickness sander.

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