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    I’m nearing the completion of my workbench, and I had a question regarding the installation of the bench top laminations.

    I really like the wedged dado design for attaching the legs to the aprons, especially since the bench can be dis-assembled if I need to ever move it. However, I am worried that when I glue the bench tops to the aprons, that any glue squeeze-out will seep down and accidentally glue the top to the leg frames.

    Am I overthinking this? Or is there some intermediate step which I should do before gluing the tops to the aprons? I was thinking of applying a few coats of shellac or some other finish to the leg frames before I glued the tops to the aprons, would that prevent any squeeze-out from bonding with the legs?

    Thanks in advance!


    I placed some sheets of grease proof paper on top of the leg frames which seems to have done the trick, but as you say I may have been over thinking!

    Hugo Notti

    I think, waxing the surface is a good method too, but better try it first. In the worst case, you need a lot of water and patience, unless you are using water-proof glue.


    I’m in the same boat. Should get the top on sometime this week and was thinking the same thing. Thanks for the idea! I was just going to wing it and hope for the best!

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