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Forum topic by powderhound posted 12-01-2011 03:56 AM 1868 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-01-2011 03:56 AM

I’m about to embark on a proper workbench and have decided on a nice thick laminated bench top but have only ever done small scale laminations. I’d just like a little advice regarding board and grain orientation and any other issues that might crop up for a 4” thick by 8’ long top.

Thank you in advance.

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#1 posted 12-01-2011 04:23 AM

I read a nice tip in Popular Woodworking a few years ago. When gluing up the top, you place a handscrew over the joint at the end. Then grab a helper and have them twist the handscrew as needed to pull the joint flush at the point where you are tightening your clamps.

I’ve used this procedure when gluing up a couple of large-scale laminations and it has worked great every time.


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#2 posted 12-04-2011 06:58 PM

Thanks guys. All your suggestions are helpful. While reading in bed the other evening I started thinking – a dangerous preoccupation of mine even at the best of times – and two questions popped into my noggin. First, I wonder if when laminating the boards, is it best to plane a wee bit of spring into each board – no more than 1/32 each? My second source of puzzlement was whether the mating faces should be planed smooth or use a light cut with a toothed iron to provide more surface area for the glue. Again, thank you ahead of time.

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