|Forum topic by Boonie||posted 05-20-2016 04:18 PM||443 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
05-20-2016 04:18 PM
This is my first post on this forum.
My problem started when I decided to build another workbench. I have two and a table saw/router table that I can cover with paper and use for large assemblies. I am tired of trying to clamp stuff down to top of my primary bench. It is a flat top bench on rollers.
I got a “brilliant” plan to build it out of Douglas fir timbers since I have a friend that owns a logging business and lets me use his mill. I have about enough timbers to build the bench. We don’t have a lot of Douglas fir up here so he is really doing me a favor by selling me the logs. The logs were dead standing and have been in the logging yard for about three years. The timbers I want to use for the top has some substantial cracks. I have milled about as many logs as I feel comfortable using without taking advantage of the situation. At this point I am in situation where I use the timbers I have on hand or forget the workbench.
I have already purchased the hardware for, and built two tail vises, a leg vise and bought an end vise so I am at the point of no return. Mu only choice is to figure out how to stabilize the cracks.
The solution I have been pondering is filling the cracks with fiberglass resin and using dovetail keys to lock the cracks down. Maybe use long bolts through the table i really don’t want to fill my woodworking bench with steel bolts. I thought about epoxy until I priced epoxy. I have already filled the cracks but that doesn’t stabilize the cracking.