I've finally gotten close to finishing the workbench that the kind people here have given me input on (Need help understanding workbench design and build process).
I currently have two top slabs, each made up of eight glued-up/laminated 2x4s. I am still thinking about attaching them to the frame with dowels.
Rather than gluing these two slabs together to form a giant slab, would it be acceptable to leave the top as two separate slabs, and attach each with a dowel on each side? The portability and lighter weight of two top slabs would be a benefit as the workbench may be moved occasionally.
If that's okay, due to the fact that the frame is 24 inches deep and the slabs each ended up being around 11.75 inches deep after planing and gluing, is it okay to leave a gap in the middle? I've seen some benches with a trough in between two slabs, but never with a gap.
Is a .75" dowel an acceptable size to use in a frame member that is only 1.5" wide, leaving only .375" on each side of the dowel?
After I plane and attach the top, should this be left unfinished or are there acceptable methods of finishing to make the cheap pine look a little nicer and/or provide durability?