New workbench Top
Greetings from Cuenca,Ecuador.
I have just acquired a new workbench.It is quite sturdy,The legs
being of mortised,glued and nailed 4X4 pine, the top is of an unknown hardwood,perhaps Eucalyptus,1&3/4" thick. The problem is, the top boards are nailed on. I know how to attach them from the bottom,but I would like advice on removing the nails. My plan is to center punch the tops and drill them out at least 1/2" or deeper, then glue in a wooden plug. Any better ideas? The nails are quite large,the heads being ~3/8" of an inch or so. I plan to pilot drill with a 1/8" bit,and follow with a 3/8 or 1/2" bit. Does it sound like I am on the right track? Of course,I do not know at which angle the nails were driven. I am thinking if I use the pilot drill until I get into the wood, that will give me an idea of their direction. Thanks for all advice,David.