Some years ago I used antique oak flooring, flattened and surfaced, to make
a workbench top. The actual flooring strips ended up being only 3/4" in wi
dth once the tongue and groove was removed. These strips were glued face to
face, and yes, it was a lot of strips, so workbench top thickness is only
3/4". However, the surrounding aprons were made of 8/4 red oak planks with
floating dovetail corners. Once glued up took to cabinet shop and they sand
ed topside smooth. All in all looks good.
Now the problem. Fast forward to now, the top is slowing bending, and seemi
ngly due to a heavy, all wood, handmade shoulder vice on the right front co
rner. A standard vice is attached to the front left corner and that section
seems to be holding.
Question is without tearing it all down, how do I reinforce it? Options are
to bolt another apron piece on, perhaps 8x6, but that is expensive. Anyone
know of a way to reinforce from underneath, knowing the actual top is only
3/4 thick? I can have it re-leveled once it is reinforced..any ideas?