End cap necessary on kiln dried Douglas fir workbench top?

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06-06-2012 02:02 AM

Topic tags/keywords: end cap workbench vise douglas fir question

I’m designing my first woodworking-centric workbench and was planning on laminating 4×4 kiln dried Douglas fir for the top. Is an end cap absolutely necessary with such a robust cut of this relatively stable wood? What if I want to include a tail vise? Right now I am planning on only a front vise but the end cap question may change my decision about also adding a tail.

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#1 posted 06-06-2012 02:55 AM

I’d only cap it if a tail vise was going to be installed. Other than that, have fun with your new workbench. Post pictures when you can.

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#2 posted 06-06-2012 03:25 AM

It will check on the end grain. Structurally this should not
be a problem if your wood is well-chosen. Over time the
end grain may shrink and the glue joints open a bit, getting
a sort of mummified appearance. If you cap it, this process
will be reduced and invisible besides.

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#3 posted 06-06-2012 03:47 AM

I don’t see what purpose it would serve. I would only do it for the the tail vise or wagon vise.

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#4 posted 06-06-2012 01:36 PM

I’m thinking of doing one end in case I want to add a tail vise at a later date. I’m not as concerned about the extended long term as this bench will probably not make the move to our next house in 3-4 years. This is going to be a fun summe rproject and Ill get pictures up as soon as I make some progress besides just thinking about it!

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