Installing the

  1. If you purchased material already laminated, trim the piece to 19-1/2 by 51 -1 / 2 inches to make the top (M). Then skip down to step 4.
  2. To make the laminated top (M) yourself, cut six lengths of 1 x 4 pine, each 51-1/2 inches long. Before gluing the wood lengths together, rip a minuscule amount from each edge to ensure a solid bond in the lamination process. Then spread glue on the'adjoining edges, and place the lengths of wood side by side. Clamp them together securely, using at least two bar clamps, and leave them clamped overnight.
  3. Trim the laminated section to make one top (M) measuring 19-1/2 by 51-1/2 inches.
  4. Sand every surface of the laminated top (M) thoroughly Examine both faces of the top (M), and choose the better-looking one for the outside.
  5. Cut two top braces (N) from 1x4 pine, each 16 inches long.
  6. Attach the two top braces (N) to the inside face of the top (M). As shown in Figure 7, center the top braces between the long edges of the top, and place each one 15 inches in from the short sides of the top. Use glue and 1-1/4-inch-long screws spaced about 4 inches apart to secure the braces to the top.
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