i was just knocking a little 24"x42"hobby workbench together today, flimsy,
light, just something out of scraps. 2x2 legs and 1x3 rails on top, and 6'
from the ground. all pine. all the wood i used was very twisted. not just
bowed, but twisted. and bowed. and cupped. and probably more. and already
in my shop with nothing else really to do with it which is why i used it.
i had some melamine laminated particle board for the top, and thats nice and
so off i went, screw gun and glue in hand to make something square. seemed
like every time i tried to force it straight it just got uglier and uglier.
straightening one place just bent it someplace else. so i just went with
it. i built it in place on the top where the wood wanted to go. i kept the
legs fairly plumb and the top flat, which was my goal. and its totally
functional.... but the rails are just ugly... if you look from the bottom
they form more of a parallellagram with a twist... oh well, put a fake
board on the front thats square. only i know the difference.
ok, now for my question.
how can you take some twisted wood, make 4 legs and rails and have it come
out square like a box even with some elaborate clamping system? is it
really even possible? in this case was i probably correct to just build it
crooked since its not exactly a show piece?