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Posted on Are Most Benchtops Woefully Underclamped during Glueup? (probably not)

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#1 posted 12-07-2012 05:52 PM

Lumberjoe if the strength/stability of joints is questionable I would include some sort of mechanical fastening whether it be wood screws internally (lag bolts are way over kill imho), biscuits, dowels, or even a tongue and groove geometry.

I don’t do much in way of hand tool work so I dont need a thick workbench but If I were building one I think that I would like to put a few 1” dowels clear through all of the internal boards, smooth them off and then put undoweled boards on the outside. Would it be necessary, absolutely not, more of a piece of mind thing. Like I said above if the wood isnt flat and straight that is far more likely to make the joint fail than the clamping pressure that you use.

Im sure alot of people substitute clamping for properly selected and flattened boards and then expect glue to keep the word from bending back to its natural state.

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