Workbench TWO – Day 6

The objective for Day 6 is to get the third top section glued up and start the milling and building process for the legs.

The second section came out of the clamps in fine shape.  I decided to cut off the excess length with my $20 handsaw.  The saw and my technique have a long way to go.  But it got done with NO power tools.

I got section three ready and got it glued up.   I am REALLY liking the short nap roller and simple glue bottle.   I got very close to exactly ( my opinion ) the right amount of glue.   I like the way I can “work in” the glue to the wood with the roller.



Next came the legs.   The legs are 5 1/8″ x 3 1/2″ by about 34″.   My 8/4 stock mills out to about 1 1/2″ to 1 3/4″.  So the challenge is to get the 3 1/2″.  It may take 3 pieces to build up the legs since two 1 1/2″ pieces will NOT be 3 1/2″.   DUH !   I had a 6 cut offs from the top boards, so I decide to 4 square them to 2 3/8″ wide and glue them for the 5 1/8 width.    This is confusing… Just say the legs take a LOT of wood !   I will show a much better picture tomorrow.


The last thing is my new glue up “system”.   This is not my idea.  I saw this on a YouTube video by a cutting board guy.  He does lots of glue ups and this is his system.


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  1. ralph boumenot says

    I don’t know if I would want to saw through that much maple with a handsaw. And I like using hand saws.

    • Bartee says

      Chris, so very sorry to hear about your accident. Link for Gripper site

      The gripper is one of the best safety devices I know for a table saw. I own four of them. I keep them in various configureations.

      If you do not own one, I highly recommend you get the larger model. Gripper has extensive videos on how to use it.

      I do have a Saw Stop but I use my Grippers frequently. It just provides a better way to hold and push material through the saw.

      BTW, where are you located ???

  2. Jonathan Howe says

    I’ve not tried this type of roller for glue application before. Is the “cotton-ey” one better than a basic rubber type that I picked up from a craft store?

    • Bartee says

      Thanks for asking. These are 3/16″ fiber rollers from Sherman Williams. Get the cheap ones from where ever you shop. Yes is are “cotton-ey”. So there are NOT sponges type stuff. I keep them in a jar of water. Just dry off with two paper towels each time.

      I really like this method for these large glue surfaces.

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