|Forum topic by JLassberg||posted 04-13-2016 01:29 PM||576 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
04-13-2016 01:29 PM
Apologies if this should be in the joinery section of the forums, I wasn’t 100% sure.
This is my first time posting here (hello!), and also my first real foray into woodworking as well. I’m starting a workbench for the garage and decided on an English joiners workbench with a laminated top. Which, at the time, seemed to be pretty straightforward. This should have clued me in that I was in over my head.
I (poorly) smoothed a bunch of 2×4s with a 5 1/2 jack plane, and then proceeded to (poorly) glue and clamp them up. I have come to 2 conclusions:
1) I should have practiced smoothing and flattening more before taking this on because I am terrible, and
2) I am fairly certain 10 clamps are not sufficient for a 10’ length of board
The result of one (likely both) of those is that I have some gaps in my top. And by some, I mean quite a few. The worst of which appear to be about 1/16” thick (most are smaller). They don’t appear to go all the way through, or at least I can’t see any light shining through with a flashlight. I zig zagged glue all down the entire length of the board and then used a single line to boarder the edge of the side. I did my best to smush the board into the one adjacent and smear it around to get good coverage during the glue up.
My question is this: Are gaps like these going to be structurally problematic? They feel pretty darn sturdy to me. I mean, I’ve been walking all over them. Hell, I even did a little dance on one (I had to prove my wife wrong about something, don’t ask). I’ve got 2 different slabs currently: One consisting of 6 boards, the other 7. These are going to be my workbench top, and there will be a 3rd section that will go in between to form a well for my tools.
Follow up question: If it is structurally sound, should I fill it and with what? Should I just squirt some more glue in there? Wood filler? My son’s melted crayons? My own tears mixed with sawdust?
Here is a shot of what I assume to be a good lamination (the one dead center of the picture, under the knot – the ones above and below are maybe 1/64” wide):
And one of the gaps (this one is the 1/16” one and by far the worst. The rest seem to be between 1/64” and 3/64”):
Oh the shame!
And here’s a shot of the end grain, which is pretty dead flat and well laminated (it’s like this on both sides):
Anyways, this is probably getting long enough for my first friggin post so I’ll call it a night. Any advice here would be greatly appreciated.
EDIT: Because I am so very stupid, I can’t sort out the image links. If you right click the broken picture icon and view image in new tab, it’ll take you to the google photo page w/ the image. Sorry for making this difficult, but I do so enjoy dragging everyone else down to my level.