I’m in the process building the new Workbench. I bought all my lumber and i am ready to laminate the benchtop first. I have noticed however that many of the beams for the top (all but one) have a similar bow. As they were packed together with a plastic film from the factory it didnt show as they where all similar. Only when i cut the long pieces to length and put them muddled side by side this is the case. I tried holding them together as Paul does in his video but his is only one as i recall that is bowed. And i have seen that he put one in the middle to counter the bow from the other straight stock. If i hold them together muddled its quite hard to keep them straight-it is possible eventually, however if i place them in order of the bow, they all come together without any trouble (all but the straight one!! haha)
So what do i do? Should i
a) Take as much bow out as i can of all the stock (from the one side – the middle and from the other side-ends)? and laminate them together? In this case i will probably need to laminate a extra thinner piece as the the lamination will decrease in size.
b) laminate them all together in the direction of the bows and THEN plane the side ends and side middle of the laminated piece???
Is it safer to do (a) even though its more work? or (b).
If i do (a) even if i try to take out the bows is there a chance that eventually they might crack the lamination? or is this an exaggeration? If i do (b) is there a chance that the bowed glued lamination (now straight) start to bow more all together from the one side and cause problems to the rest of the bench??
I’m leaning towards doing (a) to get straight stock from the start.
p.s. Thank you Paul for this amazing project!!. Im so excited to finally build my own bench!
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