|Forum topic by Dave11||posted 297 days ago||564 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
297 days ago
Am just moving into the hand tool world over the past year or so, and am in the process of making my first workbench top.
Was lucky to score some SYP that the home center near me only had by accident—they don’t normally stock it. But I took the straightest, most knot-free 2X12’s I could find.
After ripping them roughly into thirds, nearly a third of the nominal 2×4’s have a noticeable bow. Not any real twist or cup, but a lot of these boards became bowed when ripped.
Because I can’t find any other supply of SYP locally, I can’t really get any more wood to work with. I have enough if I use a few of the bowed boards. I’m planning to face-glue the assembly into a top that’s 3.5 inch thick by 24 inch wide by 84 inch long.
My question is—would it really be a risk to glue up these bowed boards as part of a more massive assembly? Since there’s no real cup or twist, it seems like the bow could be overcome by the many other straight boards.
If not, I’ll need to plane a few of the bowed boards, to get them flat, but then they will be of a noticeably thinner width than the others. Wouldn’t this look odd in a bench top?
Would appreciate any advice. Thanks.