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Forum topic by Greg In Maryland posted 08-24-2011 11:06 PM 1489 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Greg In Maryland

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08-24-2011 11:06 PM

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Hey,

Having brisk competition in my household for cash, I am building my new bench out of dimensional lumber (2x) instead of hard maple, hickory, oak, ash, etc., etc. I am looking at this as a practice run to figure out everything I don’t like about a bench for the next time.

I plan on applying mortise and tenon breadboard caps on the ends of the workbench. So, do I flatten the workbench first and then apply the end caps, or do I add add the end caps and then flatten the entire bench. Obviously I have a grain orientation issue and will have to do some gyrations with my plane, but that’s part of the fun.

Thanks.


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higtron

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#1 posted 08-24-2011 11:12 PM

When I built mine I flattened the bench first , and then added the breadboard.

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#2 posted 08-24-2011 11:12 PM

Greg;

See answer 24,621.

Hah!

Psuedo-seriously, though, isn’t there always a final surfacing applied to work when all is done and assembled? Why would a benchtop be any different? Get it all laminated, apply the breadboard ends that have been cut to close size, then go to town. Can’t imagine it being very productive to make one or the other perfect and then work around it while flattening / smoothing the rest of the work surface.

I have ‘strips’ at the front and back edges of my bench, did what I’m suggesting as well. Didn’t have perpendicular grain issues of course, but I expect you’ll do well.

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#3 posted 08-25-2011 12:21 AM

Offset the breadboard edge a bit lower than middle so if you flatten several times, it is not too close to the top.

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#4 posted 08-25-2011 03:52 AM

Thanks for the replies.

Questions 32459 to 32460 for Higtron:

How did you attach the breadboard end? It looks like there are two sets of plugs on the end of each board. Are they covering lag bolts, screws, drawbolts or something else?

How did you go about the glue up of the breadboard ends? Glue at the ends, in the middle, slopped all over or not at all?

Thanks.

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#5 posted 08-25-2011 12:21 PM

lag bolts the ends are slotted for expansion

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#6 posted 08-25-2011 03:56 PM

no glue on breadboard just six lag bolts two fixed in the middle and two on each end for expansion. I used my biscut joiter to make an extra long slots on the breadboard and the bench put two biscuts in just for alighnment no glue.

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