|Forum topic by NyTxTrialAtty||posted 01-06-2014 09:59 PM||1223 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
01-06-2014 09:59 PM
I am making a European style workbench. I have multiple lanes of old bowling alley that I procured from a local company (that was just sitting in their warehouse for decades) for just this reason. Now, initially, I was going to pry all the boards apart and take every nail out and do a glue-up. However, weeks into this tedious task, I discovered that most of the boards were much shorter than 72”, with a lot of them being shorter than 54”.
This created a dilemma for me. So I managed to cut a very clean 24” x 72” plank of bowling lane from one of the better lanes I had. After taking the metal brace off the bottom and hand planing the top and sanding it, I am at a cross roads here:
I am convinced I need something to brace this bench top as it does not have the support I think it needs. I am debating using some cross beams made from 2×4’s or similar material, but would welcome any input on this. I am thinking 4 cross beams underneath to give it more support.
Then the question of fastening: do I countersink screws in from the top and then cover these bores on top, or do I glue it underneath and fasten it with screws that will not protrude the top of the bench?