I'm building my workbench using the Frank Klausz's design as shown in "The
Workbench Book", with a additional guidance and input from Keith Rucker's
The problem I've run into is that these plans call for 12/4 stock for the
base legs and feet - which I've found at several suppliers, but oh wow, is
it expensive in just about any type of hardwood!! So, I had bought some 6/4
ash from my favorite supplier. I happened to see an article on finishing
ash in Wood or some other mag. The light bulb went on (dimly, for sure),
and I thought what if I laminate two pieces together on the face? I could
get 12/4 stock out of this easily.
Anyway, I've done one "foot" - it came out 2 3/4" and really looks
beautiful. I ran the faces on my jointer and planer, and they were nearly a
perfect match. The seam is all but invisible. I used Gorilla Glue to bond
them. The question is will this lamination hold up? Does anyone have any
experience doing this? I'm going to need to do mortise's in the tops (edge
grain) of the boards. Will this glue up hold up?
I'm just wanted some input from anyone that's worked with ash before, or
who's laminated boards like this. The original stock was 5" wide - after I
did the glue-up, I ripped it down to 4" (used a Freud 24T thin kerf LU80 -
cut it like butter!!).
TIA for your advice/experience/guidance!