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Forum topic by jebbylawless posted 04-15-2010 06:25 PM 3648 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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04-15-2010 06:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: woodworking bench hand tools lumber question traditional joining

I am in the process of trying to get wood for a very sturdy woodworking bench. I have looked at reclaimed lumber and have recently found a source for cedar and fir beams from some folks that build log homes. The sizes are massive. I can build legs and stretchers from 6”x6”’s and a top using a few 3.5”x10 planks edge jointed together. I love the idea of using planks because I want to build the bench using only hand tools (unpowered) and the more typical laminating process for bench tops is a real pain without access to powertools.

Should I be concerned about the knots and checks found in almost all of these beams? Or is this still usable material for a woodworking bench?



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#1 posted 04-16-2010 05:18 AM

Could you not fill the checks with a form of epoxy? Check out this article from popular woodworking:

The wood looks great!

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