Thinking of doing a sort of Roman type workbench. Question about glue.

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10-10-2019 05:55 PM

I’m thinking nine 2×4’s 5’ long for the slab.

I’ve not done any glue work, how much would I need for this?

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#1 posted 10-10-2019 07:10 PM

Huh. This is one of those questions you would imagine someone would be able to shoot a good answer to you pretty quick. However, I don’t have a clue :-) I buy TB2 by the gallon and pour it into my Gluebot as needed. I always replinish before I run out so I don’t really pay any attention to how much use in any particular project.

All that being said, I’d just grab a gallon. It will be more than enough by far and it’s much cheaper to buy it by the gallon than it is to buy the smaller bottles. And if you’re a woodworker, you’ll always need glue :-) Also for spreading glue on large pieces like that, I like to grab a silicone brush or spatula to spread it with. Paint brushes work but they wick up too much glue and cheaper ones leave bristles behind.

Good luck and enjoy your bench build!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 10-10-2019 07:40 PM

Get a gallon, probably won’t use it all, but you won’t run out in the middle of the glue up either.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 10-10-2019 08:16 PM

2×4s oh brother this is not reading like a good start. :(

-- Aj

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#4 posted 10-10-2019 09:13 PM

2×4s oh brother this is not reading like a good start. :(

- Aj2

Are you offering to donate an appropriately thick slab of some exotic hardwood for the cause?

You’ll have to pay the shipping as I can’t really afford to pay attention.

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#5 posted 10-10-2019 10:01 PM

It’s nice when you can build without too much concern about budget, but when you can’t, you do the best you can with what you’ve got. With that being said, if the budget allows, ripping 2×10 or 2×12 stock will allow you to eliminate the pith that seems to be a requirement in every 2×4 these days.

As for the glue, I agree buying a gallon will be more economical.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 10-11-2019 01:06 AM

I agree with the advice about ripping down a 2×10 if you have access to a band saw or table saw, but i’m not understanding all the advice about buying glue by the gallon if you don’t use it regularly. A 16 ounce bottle will be plenty for this glue up. I just do little projects for fun and find that a bottle will last me for months. They are more convenient than dispensing from a big container and not expensive.

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#7 posted 10-11-2019 01:17 AM

Construction lumber sold as 2×4 is great for framing walls. But not so great for constructing a tool bench top.
It’s usually too wet and when it dries up the pitch will run when it gets warm or hot.
It’s also very difficult to work with because its both soft and hard.
The last problem with construction lumber is it warps badly when it dries.

The solution is save up for something like maple . Kiln dried.

Good Luck

-- Aj

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#8 posted 10-11-2019 01:46 AM

A quart will be plenty.

-- Rick M,

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#9 posted 10-11-2019 01:53 AM

A laminated 2x SYP makes a fantastic bench top!

-- If guns cause crime all of mine are defective Randy

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#10 posted 10-11-2019 06:18 AM

A roman bench is pretty narrow. By the time you buy all the 2×4s and glue, and spend an hour digging for somewhat straightish 2×4s, you could probably pick up a piece of 8/4 or possibly even 12/4 softer wood for a similar price. Unless you still need a bunch of clamps for glue up then its cheaper to get the slab and looks more traditional

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