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12-04-2013 04:07 PM

Hey all,

Here is my attempt at a bench. Please provide feedback. So far I’m seeing at 1/8” gap from end to end. Looking for a Northern IL expert to take on a rookie wood guy.

Moving some skills to brewing beer to making some sweet furniture. Got the itch from purchasing a generic HF jig and want some precision.


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#1 posted 12-04-2013 04:18 PM

Was there supposed to be a pic attached?

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#2 posted 12-04-2013 04:25 PM

It’s a magic invisible bench! Do you know how hard those are to make? And you nailed it in your first attempt. :)

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#3 posted 12-04-2013 04:27 PM

Yes, the invisibility cloak works amazingly well in the photo, hard to tell there is even a bench there.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 12-04-2013 05:09 PM

Hey don’t be scared off – we’re just kidding you. It looks like you are having trouble posting the pics. Let us know if you need help.

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#5 posted 12-04-2013 05:20 PM

There we go. Stupid technology….

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#6 posted 12-04-2013 05:35 PM

it is an 1/8th inch gap between the layers of the ply wood?

Was it glued and clamped together or just screwed together?

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#7 posted 12-04-2013 06:01 PM

So two layers of CDX 3/4 ply bolted together. One 3/8 ply screwed to the top. No glue used with the idea I may want to disassemble it later. I also do not have any screws in the middle of the field. Now I’m thinking glue and countersink a couple screws in the middle.

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#8 posted 12-04-2013 06:09 PM

It also looks like your spacing between screws is kind of wide…but are you going to be cutting through the top layer (1/4 inch or less)? If so be sure to mark their location well.

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#9 posted 12-04-2013 06:56 PM

I say glue with clamps and cauls, omit the screws except for a few to keep from shifting during glue up. Put the 3/8 plywood in the middle for a balanced glue up.

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#10 posted 12-04-2013 07:12 PM

I built my entire bench out of plywood, 3 sheets of 3/4” AB sand ply, legs, stretchers and all.

I screwed and glued the top together. Four layers thick, topped with MDF and hardboard which are replaceable.
i put screws on 8” centers.

After using it for 3 years I wish I had removed the screws from each layer after the glue dried before adding the next layer.

Would have taken a little longer to build, because I did the entire top in one day, but then I wouldn’t have to worry about hitting a screw when drilling dog holes. Don’t ask how I know that is a problem.

One other very important consideration, which I did take care of, is to be absolutely sure the top is level and not twisted or bowed. If you glue it up with a twist in it, there is no way to un-twist it after the glue sets.

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#11 posted 12-04-2013 07:18 PM

I see. This is great input. Now let me share an idea. I’m going to use the bench for face frames and pocket screw projects. I was contemplating throwing some linoluem tiles on the surface. Makes for a smooth finish and helps hold the wood in place. Thoughts?

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#12 posted 12-04-2013 07:55 PM

The tiles might work but Formica would be better.

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#13 posted 12-04-2013 07:58 PM

That will be a useful table for assembly and glueups.

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#14 posted 12-04-2013 09:02 PM

I’m going to eye up a couple tiles this evening and give it a go. Nice thing about peel and stick. If I don’t like it I can toss it.

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#15 posted 12-05-2013 02:18 AM

Attempt at tiles? Fail.

Advice taken: a couple more screws countersunk into the center field. Now the surface is rock solid and glass smooth.

Next is the addition of a power strip mounted on the bottom of the surface. That way I won’t accidentally run into a plug or three. Then thinking of additional storage. A nice couple hooks for a level and clamps.

Thanks for the input all. Very helpful.

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