How to proceed?
The picture in my last post is the current state ... all the boards are dry-fit in place. As you can see, there are some gaps. Of course, this is without clamps pulling it all together, which will certainly close many of the gaps.
If I had a jointer and planer, then I could glue up 3 at a time and run them through those to straighten them up, and life would be easier, and I would have a better idea how to proceed. But I don't, so I'm unsure how to proceed.
Right now, 6 of the boards are glued together: the outsides that attach to the legs, and 2 of the boards of the center part of the top. I have confidence that the 2 in the center section are pretty straight. as I planed them and used winding sticks on them.
So ... how to proceed?
Should I: (1) glue 2 or 3 together at a time, and then do the plane/winding sticks thing to straighten them like I did with the first two, and then glue all those components together? Or should I: (2) glue them all together at once, pulling them straight with pipe clamps.
My guess is that option (1) is probably the more correct way to go. For option (2), I am thinking that polyurethane glue might be better, as it would expand and fill any gaps.
For what it's worth, in the video series Paul Sellers did on making a workbench, he used option (2), after doing a quick planing to smooth out some of the machining marks on the boards.
Thoughts? How would YOU proceed?
... turning perfectly good wood into firewood every day ... :smile3: