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Question: A couple of questions regards to my Roubo bench project:
1. Regarding laminating the top: I’m not the best laminator in the world. I
have about a dozen small cracks on both top and bottom of the Southern
yellow pine top. Tried filling them first with Titebond III, then Hot Stuff
Special T (sold at Lee Valley), and the Veritas cabinetmaker’s glue. Mixed
results from all three products. Most common result is a crack that’s mostly
filled with small “swiss cheese” type holes in the dried glue. Can you
recommend anything for this dilemma that looks good once planed down?
2. Phil Koontz holdfast diameters: Just ordered the large holdfasts from
Phil Koontz and his (Jake) the Russian buddy. According to your article,
these work best in a 11/16″ diameter hole. According to one of Phil’s galoot
bulletin board messages, he recommends the large holdfasts go in a 3/4″
hole, and the regular-sized holdfast in a 11/16″ hole. Before drilling, I
called Phil. His bottom line is that hole size doesn’t matter; that if I use
a 11/16″ hole, I’ll wind up knocking the holdfast around a bit, till the wear
and tear of the hole loosens it up a bit.


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