Turning Archive 2004

Subject:
Bench Top Lamination Question

Garrett in Victoria BC CA
>I am about to start making a bench. I have a stash of KD hard maple, but it's 5/4 rough and in random widths, mostly narrow.

The elegant way to proceed with the top is, of course, to machine, cut, and laminate it up as 1" wide end grain 6'-6" long. That, however, would require 23 glue joints for a 2-0 wide top, a very, very difficult process to control.

OTOH, I could laminate two layers 1" thick tongue and groove, the bottom layer in random widths, the top in whatever width is convenient to the material.

What think you?

Cheers, Garrett

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