Slight bows in benchtop lamination

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Forum topic by SauceMan posted 02-17-2018 06:51 PM 535 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-17-2018 06:51 PM

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Hey all,

I’m working on a laminated workbench top. It’ll have 6-7 pieces of 8/4 wood laminated together that are about 4” thick. (it’ll be heavy)

I’m working on preparing the surfaces for lamination, and what I’d like to know is how much I should be concerned about getting rid of the bow in the wood?

My feeling is that I don’t need to worry about getting rid of the bow completely—instead I just need to focus on the smoothing of the surfaces so the glue can evenly apply to the surfaces. Not only will that save a tremendous amount of work getting things perfectly flat, but it’ll also save on wood too.

I’m watching Paul Sellers’ video on making a workbench and he is also talking about leaving bows in the wood and clamping them straight…

Any thoughts?


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#1 posted 02-17-2018 06:57 PM

Glue it up, plane/sand it flat, done. Not being overly simplistic. Wood is gonna wiggle as it is worked.

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#2 posted 02-17-2018 06:59 PM

A little bowing can be clamped out but twist
or cupping may be problems.

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#3 posted 02-18-2018 08:08 AM

I’ll try to avoid twisting and cupping then. Thanks!

Wish me luck!

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