Hi all, I'm in the middle of finishing my workbench and have the majority of it glued up and handplaned flat. It's 3" thick hard maple.
The ends are still rough and uneven lengths so I'm at the point of me needing to square it up and trim the ends. Unfortunatly it's too big and heavy to put through my table saw and the blade probably wouldn't cut through the 3" thick slab anyway (havne't tried it). My circular saw blade isn't tall enough. I tried using a straight edge and using a flush trim bit on my router to trim it off square but the thing jumped around, I was taking very shallow cuts both in height and depth of cut. I guess trimming the end grain on hard maple isnt'a a good idea? I then tried a upspiral bit which worked better but I could only get down about an inch+ or so.
I notice when people but end caps on they but a dado in the workbench ends as well as the end caps and use plywood as the tongue.
So I guess two questions here, should I flip it over and do the same depth of router cut to be left with a hard maple tongue (tenon I guess in this case) or cut it off completely and use a slot cutter to make a dado and use plywood as the tongue? Not sure why plywood is used, no expansion or to be cheap? The flipping might not be aligned perfect as the other side so if I'm off a bit the cut will be off and the end cap will show a gap on one side.
Second, if I were to cut it off straight, how can I do this? One pass or two (flippped for 2nd cut)? What tool?