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sawdustmaster

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09-01-2010 06:47 PM

I am going to construct laminated maple woodworking table and have a few questions for you laminating experts out there. The table is going to be 6 feet long and 30” wide.

Question 1: Should i make the table out of 6 foot long pieces or make shorter pieces and butt them together?

Question 2: Is there any special glue to use when laminating or will Titebond work fine?

Question 3: I am planning on adding a front vise to the table after completion. Is there anything i should build onto the bottom of the table to facilitate mounting of the vise?

Thank you for your help.

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#1 posted 09-01-2010 10:42 PM

#1, I wouldn’t know why you would want to butt joint a work table; any weak point will become a liability, and who wants that? I would recommend using the 6’ pieces. #2, Titebond should do just fine. #3, how think is your table top? A vise is a point of leverage, sometimes too much for thin wood. I would recommend a support base of at least 2”. Hope this is helpful.

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#2 posted 09-01-2010 10:45 PM

if you have 6’ long boards – use 6’ boards, if you don’t – butt them together, just use whatever you’ve got – but dont go the extra step of cutting them down to butt them back together – no real point in doing THAT.

any wood glue would do just fine

as long as the top is thick enough to be able to hold lag bolts there is no special treatment you need to worry about.

how thick is the table top that you’re making?

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sawdustmaster

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#3 posted 09-01-2010 11:38 PM

Thanks guys, I am going to use 8/4 maple from the local lumberyard so hopefully it will be 1.75 in. Think when the planing is done. Other wise I’m going to rip the boards at 2 inch spacing and make that the depth. Is 1.75 too shallow for vise mounting you think?

Also. Is maple good or would you guys recommend ash or birch?

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#4 posted 09-02-2010 07:37 PM

Take a look at my workshop pics. When I created the hard maple top, started with 8/4 maple boards between 4 and 6 inches wide. I ripped to just over 2” and jointed them to 2”x2” ( front and back aprons are 2X4”). Glued them together with West Expoxy-2 part, with a slow hardener to increase open working time.

Bench is going strong after about 15yrs.
Gerry

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sawdustmaster

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#5 posted 09-02-2010 09:04 PM

Ok, thanks Gerry. I am now satisfied with my 8/4 maple decision. Would you recommend epoxy over wood glue then?

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#6 posted 09-02-2010 09:08 PM

Im guessing you used 105 Resin and the 206 Hardener? %50/%50

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#7 posted 09-03-2010 06:32 AM

1. 6’ pieces
2. Titebond 2 is the best yellow glue I have used
3. 1 1/2” should be your minimum thickness

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#8 posted 09-09-2010 10:59 PM

Oops-sorry Sawdustmaster, didn’t see your last question. I definitely recommend epoxy over yellow glue, because with the slow hardener catalyst you can extend your open working time to 25min-a big advantage wheh you’re trying to get all the workbench top pieces lined up and clamped.
Gerry

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