Workbench: Part 5 – Cutting the benchtop to size
I am attaching two sheets of 1/2" plywood cut to 2' X 4' pieces. I laid them out to see which would be the best placement for them. The benchtop so far is about 25" deep so there will be a lip overhanging the plywood at both the front and back. My initial plan was to cut the front and back edges flat then attach a border, but that plan changed, as you'll see in a moment.
My original plan was to mill down some more of the flooring scraps and make a border along the front and back of the benchtop that was 1-1/4" tall and 1/2" deep. This was mostly to cover the plywood that is being attached to the underside of the benchtop. I started by cutting the tongue off the side of the flooring pieces.
I removed the clamps and cauls and decided to get my wife's opinion on the front and rear trim idea. I'm glad I did. She had the idea of just cutting the milled stock into strips and gluing them to the lip, therefore just covering the plywood and not the edges of the oak flooring.
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