Hi guys, I am hoping to build a 7ft laminated workbench out of 2x4 douglas fir studs (face-glued), the type you get at home improvement stores (maple is too expensive and slippery). I bought 25 KD studs that came closest to being quartersawn (along the 3.5" dimension), and let them stabilize. (They have knots, but I can live with them if they are under the surface). The question is: how to go about dimensioning and surfacing them. (I read posts dating to 1998, but few mention the surfacing problem). They are so skinny that they are hard to keep stable on any machine. Any kind of warping is hard to deal with to begin with. I have a table saw, bandsaw, 6-inch jointer, and portable planer, all of which have seen little use (I work mostly with hand tools). The finished size of the workbench will be about 84 x 28 x 2.
Which machine should I use first? How can I keep the original warp in the studs from interfering in the surfacing? If marking is indicated, (say, for the bandsaw)which marks should I go with? I thought about an accessory to the table saw, 'joint'r clamps', but I would need a straight 8-ft piece of wood to begin with, right?
Can anybody help me out? Thanks in advance.