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Offline VW MICK

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Laminated ply bench
« on: September 03, 2017, 04:13 AM »
Hi

Just a few pictures of my progress so far on the laminated end panel for a bench seating area a friend of mine has asked me to build.

This also includes a dinning table top which he is buying some metal legs for. The table top is literally 2 layers of birch ply laminated together. I only really included it as it shows how I reduced a sheet down to create the strips ending up with the top sized piece leftover

Hope this makes sense as my posts including pictures always get a little confusing
Boring picture but I had to start somewhere 2 sheets of birch faced ply clamped together
I ripped 2 sheets at a time just used a combination square to set the rail each time (I'm sure I need something from woodpeckers to do this)

Then cross cut the sheets in the same way

Ended up with this

Quite pleased with the consistency of the rips and there is no pressure on the ruler probably would be better if I pressed down on it (but was holding the camera)

Then glued and screwed the table slab together

This one shows how I managed to alternate the veneer. Not sure if it matters

All glued up. We shall see how it turned out in the morning

Thanks Mick

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Offline VW MICK

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2017, 09:59 AM »
Update

Did a little bit more today
Unclamped slab

Cut to size
RO 125 with 60 grit granat and a little bit of smoothing plane


I am pleased with the results so far
The rest of the bench will be just cutting a few sheets up so no need to post much of that

Thanks Mick

Offline VW MICK

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2017, 10:05 AM »
I am really pleased with the way the ply laminations show up on the angled front edge

Also you can see on the bench the other end wich will be partly behind a column so I didn't feel the need to make another re laminated slab

Mick

Offline Vondawg

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2017, 10:07 AM »
Looks cool ! Hope to see bench finished and if there were any problems.
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Offline GarryMartin

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2017, 06:15 PM »
Looking good  [thumbs up]

Offline bkharman

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2017, 12:16 PM »
I am really pleased with the way the ply laminations show up on the angled front edge

Also you can see on the bench the other end wich will be partly behind a column so I didn't feel the need to make another re laminated slab

Mick

I was going to make the same comment. That angle produced a nice effect. Looking forward to more posts!

Cheers. Bryan.


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Online Cheese

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2017, 01:57 PM »
I'll make it 3 votes for the angled front.  [cool]  Nice job!

Offline bkharman

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2017, 10:37 AM »
I am really pleased with the way the ply laminations show up on the angled front edge

Also you can see on the bench the other end wich will be partly behind a column so I didn't feel the need to make another re laminated slab

Mick

Hey Mick!  Any new progress on this?  Curious to see the final results.

Cheers. Bryan.


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Offline #Tee

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2017, 03:37 PM »
looking nice and modern!
« Last Edit: September 24, 2017, 02:52 PM by #Tee »
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Offline Jasonj888

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2017, 10:17 AM »
Great design idea.

Offline VW MICK

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2017, 01:17 PM »
@bkharman

Sorry mate I've been away the last 2 weekends and I have spent no time in the shop

Will be working all next weekend on it though

Also I've been waiting for a window to be fitted to get the height confirmed

I will update soon

Thanks Mick

Offline VW MICK

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2017, 01:58 PM »
An update

I've done a bit this week
All the rails cut up and tops and front panels

A couple of easy jigs

All the formers and ends done

Have I over complicated this? 17 individual pieces of ply for this end panel

Oh and a few pocket holes

Mick

Offline Neal W

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2017, 08:47 AM »
This will be interesting to see how it looks when it is finished. 

Neat project.
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Offline Steven Owen

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2017, 11:23 PM »
It looks sharp.  You were lucky enough to find a knot free birch plywood.  It’s too bad I live in Canada.  It would be hard to make a birch plywood bench that would last more than a couple of winters outdoors.

Offline #Tee

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2017, 12:50 AM »
It looks sharp.  You were lucky enough to find a knot free birch plywood.  It’s too bad I live in Canada.  It would be hard to make a birch plywood bench that would last more than a couple of winters outdoors.

the way hes using the plywood does it matter if it was knot free or not lol
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Offline Steven Owen

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2017, 08:51 AM »
It looks sharp.  You were lucky enough to find a knot free birch plywood.  It’s too bad I live in Canada.  It would be hard to make a birch plywood bench that would last more than a couple of winters outdoors.

the way hes using the plywood does it matter if it was knot free or not lol

When you have so many stores trying to push low grade birch you can’t help but notice when someone finds some pretty birch boards.

Offline VW MICK

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2017, 01:35 PM »
Hi guys

Sorry for the slow progress (I do have a job)

But I have finished the bench

A couple of build picks and the finished article I did make a dinning table as well

But it wasn’t very interesting as a build so didn’t post much

Offline VW MICK

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #17 on: November 12, 2017, 01:41 PM »
Just to add the shot of the CSX that drill is just so nice for the small screws like the no4s for the piano hinge

I wouldn’t use any thing else now


Mick

Offline VW MICK

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #18 on: November 12, 2017, 01:51 PM »
Couple more build shots I found just to show how I over complicated things

Mick

Offline antss

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #19 on: November 12, 2017, 04:26 PM »
That's pretty cool looking.  Your friend is a really lucky fella.

I especially like the pop up power grommet hidden in the corner.

Offline DB10

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #20 on: November 12, 2017, 06:52 PM »
Looking really sharp and a nice build.
 As far as over complicating the design goes, that's something we are all probably guilty of at one time or another, you can justify this by saying I'm future proofing my design and building above code.

Offline GarryMartin

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #21 on: November 13, 2017, 04:21 AM »
Looks great Mick. You must be really pleased with how it turned out.

Offline #Tee

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #22 on: November 13, 2017, 07:32 AM »
sick! one of the best builds on here
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Offline VW MICK

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #23 on: November 13, 2017, 01:40 PM »
Thanks guys for the comments

It was probably about the limit of what I could handle at home in my shedshop

It also spent about 3 weeks in my lounge (the wife not happy)

I’ve got about 3 or 4 projects to finish before I start any thing big

Mick

Offline Holmz

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #24 on: November 14, 2017, 03:18 AM »
There would be a lot of conceptual overlap with a boat or camper or small house...
Nice!

Offline Untidy Shop

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #25 on: November 14, 2017, 07:02 AM »
Thanks for sharing this - inspirational.
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Offline RJNeal

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #26 on: November 14, 2017, 08:16 AM »
Thanks for sharing your project, Mick. It turned out very nice. Great workmanship.
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Online Cheese

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #27 on: November 14, 2017, 11:07 AM »
Nice job Mick... [thumbs up]...real nice job! It came out well, thanks for sharing. I also like the pop up power port.  [big grin]

Offline neilc

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #28 on: November 14, 2017, 11:10 AM »
Really nice work!  Plywood never looked so good!  Love the technique of edge exposure. 

The finished work with the mesh bench and table is great!

Thanks for the detailed photos -

Offline Roseland

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Re: Laminated ply bench
« Reply #29 on: November 14, 2017, 12:47 PM »
A very nice job, and an imaginative design.

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