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Forum topic by HillWilly posted 05-13-2015 06:19 PM 737 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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HillWilly

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05-13-2015 06:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bench top workbench lvl pine glueup question plane

Gday L-Jox, I have hundreds of new well seasoned, untreated, straight, soft pine slats that are 3/4” x 2.5” x 30”. I am thinkin’ bout makin’ a bench using these 30” slats crosswise.

My thought was to intersperse a 2×4 approx every 8 or 10 inches or so during glue-up that will retain nuts, lock washers and threaded rod, and also will accomodate some kind of dogs.

I don’t have a lot of equipment so I am thinking that it might allow me to assemble this in small 10 or 12 inch sections.

Me thinks I like a very soft top for anchoring an occasional screw or nail into, and with the amount of use I get from a bench that it would still outlast me.

I haven’t finalized any details yet but I was thinking about cutting a notch along the top end of these 30 inchers and making a hardwood apron that would attach downward as well as endwise. After this is all assembled I will hand plane it all flat.

I also have lotsa 2×12 LVL to build the upper and lower stretchers, and legs. I will make some hardwood shoes for the bottom of the legs cus I don’t think the LVL would hold up well.

My question to y’all is will my idea work with this wood ????

Thoughts and suggestions are welcome!!!

-- ...and whether or not it is clear to us, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should...DESIDERATA...Max Ehrmann


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#1 posted 05-13-2015 06:22 PM

You might want to go and look up paul Sellers videos about the bench he built using pine 2×4s . Seemed to work for him, and without any bolts used.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#2 posted 05-13-2015 10:11 PM

Maybe sketch out a diagram as to what you want to do?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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HillWilly

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#3 posted 05-14-2015 03:46 PM

Here is a rough sketch of the top. It is about 70” long,

but I may shorten it by one section [or about 13.5 inches]. I know Paul Sellers and a # of others have differing ways of building tops but here is an idea I am toying with.


I am building a twin screw chain drive vise using rear bicycle sprockets and chain, but I may or may not use it on this bench.

  • I may do the triangulated leg vise shown and described by Louis Michael Roehl, in his book “Farm Woodwork”, 1919.

BANDIT, I love that “pile of boards”. It gives me some good ideas.

-- ...and whether or not it is clear to us, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should...DESIDERATA...Max Ehrmann

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#4 posted 05-14-2015 08:51 PM

This is all cull lumber and made off of Paul sellers design minus the till on his and the width I wanted a small width. Also it’s all glued Paul’s YouTube has the full build.

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#5 posted 05-14-2015 09:48 PM

Yeah, it will work, if it were mine though I would use the 2×4s on edge to get a thicker bench. The threaded rod is completely unnecessary. Just clamp glue them together. That way you’ll never have to worry about drilling into the bench and forgetting where those rods are.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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HillWilly

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#6 posted 05-14-2015 10:43 PM

Love the “Roorkhee chair” Bondo!

-- ...and whether or not it is clear to us, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should...DESIDERATA...Max Ehrmann

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