Workbench - Cutting & Laminating the Benchtop
I started by cutting 2x12 lumber to length, in my case I cut to 5', and
then ripped the boards in half to produce two pieces of 2"x5"x5' pieces
of lumber. I skipped the step of planning each board as I
couldn't justify purchasing a $500 planner for this project.
I'm using sixteen (16) boards which will give me a bench top
of 24" deep x 5' long.
Next, I sorted the boards to hide as many of the imperfections in the
wood as possible. I also had a couple of bad cuts where the
width of the board wasn't the full 5" and so I'll just hide those on
the bottom side of the bench.
Laminating the boards together. Had I used a planer, the
laminating process would have been much easier as my boards were not
all perfectly flat or straight. At this point I had no idea
how I would fix this problem, but between YouTube and Google I'm
confident I'll find a solution.
Lessons learned from laminating the boards together:
- Do not use Titebond Original as I did. Use the
Titebond III formula which will give you more working time to clamp
your boards together. I did my benchtop in five steps of
laminating which was a terrible idea. Other people building
this bench have done two or three, but five was a killer especially
since I had not used a planner.
- I used way too much glue! I poured it on thick as
I was more concerned with getting full glue coverage and I was racing
the clock before the glue set up.
- Planning boards is done for a reason.
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