I'm new to this group and have a question. I am building a workbench and
plan to use a piece of bowling lane for the top. I want to remove the old
finish (some kind of eurythane?) without causing the glue on the boards to
come loose. Any suggestions? I don't know what kind of glue was used to
glue the boards together. Thanks in advance.
I did exactly that for a friend. The laminations appeared to be glued
together using yellow carpenters glue - Titebond or somesuch. I used a
normal paint stripper to strip the finish without any problems.
My big problems came when I had to rip the lane lengthwise to give a
reasonable working width - it would have been far too wide otherwise. As
well as being glued, each lamination was nailed about every 15" or so during
assembly, so there were dozens of nails in it. I ended up using a 7" hand
circular saw, buying a cheap TCT blade specifically for the the job. By the
time I'd ripped the board (much graunching and many sparks!) 3/4 of the TC
inserts had been torn from the blade.
I finished it with a few coats of Danish oil. This gives very little
protection to the bench, but it'll be very easy to scrape the top and re-oil
should my friend ever see the need to do so.
I have to say that it makes a great bench top - it's perfectly flat and very
Thanks all. My bench will be mobile, so I will use the whole width of the
lane (wayyyy too big for the planer). got most of the work done on the
base, just need to finish a few things and then put the top on.
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