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01-04-2014 01:34 AM

I have been commissioned to build a solid wood bench 10’ in length by 21” wide and a depth of an inch and a half. The bench is going to be mainly used to sit on to remove boots, down in a customers mudroom. The bench is going to be built into a set of locker cabinets. My planer and drum sander are smaller bench top models with a capacity of 12”. Trying to feed a 10 foot glue up through the planer sounds like a bear. Would I be better off doing 4 smaller sections?

The plan is to use poplar (customers choice) face glued with edge grain exposed on the top.

Do I need to worry about grain direction with this type of glue up or would the wood movement all be in the same direction?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated, as I have done smaller glue ups but this would be by far the largest.

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#1 posted 01-04-2014 02:19 AM

I’ll take a stab at this just to get the ball rolling. I would definitely operate on smaller sections if the design permits. Also, I would use an in and out feed tables for the planer and sander. I think the bench will need support every 1.5 to 2 feet along its length. I think you are basically describing a 10’ x 21” cutting board if I am understanding you correctly so the wood will expand side to side and front to back. Hopefully some others will weigh in on this.

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#2 posted 01-04-2014 02:37 AM

Take a look at what’s available premade. Poplar is awfully soft and might move a lot and crack. Maple would be a better choice for durability and the Butcher block look….. why did they pick poplar?

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#3 posted 01-04-2014 02:46 AM

I haven’t seen the design requirements, but 8/4 poplar is dirt cheap in Upstate NY. Why not just join two 11” wide 8/4 boards?

I’ve yet to see a benchtop planer that couldn’t handle a 11” wide X 10’ long piece of poplar. My 10 year old delta did 20 pieces of 8/4 ash that were 10” wide and 10’ long in one afternoon not long ago. I’ve no idea about you sander, but if it’s not up to the task you should upgrade.

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#4 posted 01-04-2014 08:45 AM

Nicholas Hall

He said “The plan is to use poplar (customers choice) face glued with edge grain exposed on the top”.

If I read that right, that’s like a glue lam laying flat. I’ve never seen 11” thick by 1 1/2 wide lumber. I have seen 11 inch wide by 1 1/2 thick though. I believe he talking something like “edge grain butcher block.

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#5 posted 01-04-2014 09:05 AM


With your equipment, your not going to make money or the customer is going to pay a lot. I think you and your customer would be better of purchasing an edge grain counter top. If your want to do this as a “labor of love” or just for the experience that another story.

I don’t understand the part about being built into the lockers. That being said most benches I’ve seen in locker rooms, hall ways are around 12’’ wide. Just wondering why it’s so wide.

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