Following Lew's outline for making a workbench top, I plan to rip some
8-foot, 2 by 8s, with my BS (since I already own one and not a TS yet)
and glue them face-to-face, with the factory milled edge down.
First I'll glue in pairs, then create quads, etc.
Since I started thinking about this I learned about cauls--and using
them makes sense to me to help minimize the amount of planing that I
need to do. By the time I glue 16 or so of these boards together, the
accumulated "error" could possibly add up in an ugly way--if I don't get
those factory milled edges close to one another!
Hand-jointing the boards in pairs would make cauls work better when
gluing the boards in pairs, but not after than (unless the boards had
the same width, an event which has probability 0).
Any thoughts that may help with my glue-up?