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    New bench build

    I started on building my french/ Chris Schwarz style bench. I realized that I didn't have enough oak to make it so I decided to make the top out of vertical laminations of Arauca Ply wood. Sunday I cut 4 sheets of it into 4" wide boards. In the evenings this week I glued up 42 of the boards into 6" wide sections so I can run them through the jointer and planer before I glue up all of it into the whole top. I'll have to take the camera over tomorrow and get some pics.

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    Looking forward to seeing the the project, Dave. Sam Blasco made a bench using laminated ply in a similar manner, and it ended up looking great. I don't think he ever posted pics here, but I remember seeing the project over on Sawmill Creek a few years ago.
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    I got the top glued up and planned flat more or less, now to work on the legs and the vises and the stretchers and the dog holes and on an on.

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    Got pics?
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    Dave,

    Do you plan on using epoxy to soak / coat the top of the bench, ala Sam Blasco? Seemed to hold up well to alot of abuse. Look forward to some pics, too.

    Regards,
    Lee Laird
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    pics?... yes

    I thought about using something to coat the bench, I thought about fiberglass resin??? any other thoughts
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    Looking good. Do you know how much the top weighs? Looks like it might not be going anywhere. lol

    Don't know about other options, but Sam Blasco's Father in law worked with adhesives and was who recommended using the epoxy, as best as I can remember. May not be an option, but it might be worth comparing to other suggestions that come in. As I recall, I believe Sam also wrapped the top with purple heart (just about any hard wood would do) to help provide some strength to the edges so there wouldn't be any chipping.

    Just food for thought.
    Lee Laird
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    That thing's gonna be all kinds of stout. Looks real good so far. I line the mustard/mayo bottle for glue, too. The wide mount for easy refills and the the no-drip spout on the bottom make good sense.
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    Dang, I thought that was just a new-fangled type of glue, perhaps along the lines of hide glue. Lol.

    (Sorry for the brief interruption.)
    Lee Laird
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    Dave that looks plenty strong. A great journey this i will be following along.

    I dont envy you getting that slab flat with a jointer in the end. You might wanna be thinking about some cladding or ya got your work cut out with a hand plane jointer and sharpening stones.
    cheers

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