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04-04-2016 04:10 PM

Hello everyone I’m new here and I am open to any advice you can give me on a workbench top.

My top will consist of 6 boards 6’ long and 4 3/4” wide. 1 1/2” thick pine. I have yet to decide on how I want to join the boards together. A few of the boards are warped a little, maybe 1/8” or a little more, not horrible. I don’t have a jointer but plan on purchasing a thickness planer in the next week or so. Is it worth planing them down to take the bow out just for a bench top? I like for it to be flat as possible. As for joining them together I was wondering how good pocket holes would be with glue. By no means will I attach the top after its all done using pocket holes. Another method would be just glue, clamps, and cauls. Or would splines be a good option? I know its not meant to be for strength but to keep it from sliding all over the place. This would also be good practice for another project. I don’t have a biscuit joiner but a router bit for making them and can it also be used for a slot cutter? The boards have already been ripped on both sides 4 3/4”

Any suggestions will be helpful.
I might be over analyzing it too much but its a habit when it comes to woodworking.

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#1 posted 04-04-2016 04:24 PM

Planing boards unfortunately won’t take the bow out of lumber. A jointer is the best tool for that.
Planers only make boards thinner and smooth.

Once you have them flat and milled to size, do a dry fitting with clamps and cauls. If everything looks good, glue two boards together at a time. Then run those three planks through the planer. Finally, glue the three planks together. This will limit the amount of sanding, and the smaller glueups are easier to manage.

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