Workbench #5: The Rear Top

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Blog entry by Dan Wolfgang posted 12-31-2016 01:31 AM 1476 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Significant progress: I assembled the rear half of the top! In the previous blog post, I ran the 2×4s through the planer to take them to 1-1/4” thick. I had to use the jointer plane on several to take out some bend or crook so that they would glue up nicely. Then I started the glue-up! One of the biggest reasons I come to LumberJocks is for the photos, and I bet that’s true of others, too, so I made sure to take some.

Nine wide, and I have a problem: my 12” clamps are not big enough to continue. A friend loaned me some of his larger clamps, though, so it was a problem easily overcome.

The final width, at eleven pieces wide and 1-1/4 each means the rear half of the top is 13-3/4” wide. It weighs just about 60 pounds. Out of the clamps, I worked at cleaning it up a little. On the bottom (shown below), there was some small twist to take care of and just one high spot; it’s very, very flat now. The top received a rough planing, taking off most of the glue marks, but that’s it.

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#1 posted 12-31-2016 04:29 AM

I can’t wait to get started on my bench.

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#2 posted 12-31-2016 06:37 PM

Should be solid enough to drive a D-9 cat over!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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