Hand tool workbench #2: Bench Top Glue-up

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Vance100 posted 07-31-2013 02:47 AM 2191 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Real Woodworking Part 2 of Hand tool workbench series Part 3: Aprons and Bottom of Top »

I planed the suface defects off the faces of the 2×4’s and cut them to 74”. The width of the glued up lamination will be 12”. I am going to saw the length down to 72” when I’m done. I did find out I have trouble consistently cross-cutting a board square. To help myself out, I made a line down the side of the board instead of just across the top. I could then start off square by cutting along both lines and then sawing across as usual. This really improved my cuts tremendously.

Next, I marked a “x” on top of the side I felt was the best for the top of the bench. I then proceeded to put them together for a clamp-up dry run. I’m glad I did because I found out that some of the gaps would not close together. I pulled the boards out and put a straight edge across the face and found a hump in the middle. I must have planed the edges more than the center causing the hump. I used my #4 Stanley and planed the surfaces flat by skewing the plane and running it up the center of the face.

Now it is time to use some glue.

I used the time tested zig-zag pattern and rubbed the boards together. I used a dead blow hammer to get the boards as flat as I could, working from one end to the other. I did this on my basement floor and it made a huge mess.

I cleaned it up with some rags and water. Hopefully the wife won’t notice any spots I missed.

I used about a half of a quart bottle of glue. I’ll have to buy some more; I wouldn’t want to run out in the middle of a glue-up. Done for the night. Tomorrow I’ll start on the aprons. Thanks for reading.


2 comments so far

View Smitty_Cabinetshop's profile


17128 posts in 3593 days

#1 posted 07-31-2013 03:03 AM

Looking good, Vance!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

View Buckethead's profile


3196 posts in 2843 days

#2 posted 07-31-2013 03:11 AM

Nice! I left the glue on the garage floor and it popped right off in the morning using a scraper.

There is something particularly enjoyable in gluing up stock to form a hefty timber.

I learned something else from my glue up: Q: How many clamps does a project require? A: More.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics