Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Powell River British Columbia, Canada
Just a thought on your bench dschmid.
You are probably okay with gluing your side aprons onto the maple, but your end aprons might be a problem if you have any amount of seasonal humidity change. How would it be if you extended your side aprons enough past each end of the bench top to put your end aprons securely between them? The end aprons could be secured to the top with whatever fasteners you choose, but be allowed to slip between the sides to allow the bench top to expand longitudinally without terrorising your joinery. Actually, I am preparing lumber to build a solid work bench myself, and this thread has given me an answer to a question I hadn't even asked yet.
Okay, I just reread your post, and it sounds like you already have the lumber cut. The ends could be secured to the top, but do not secure them to the side aprons. that way they can float with the top.
That should work.
Last edited by Gerry KIERNAN; 03-09-2008 at 12:55 PM.