Each of the strips is milled cut and ripped to the following dimensions:
Thickness: Little less than 1”
There are Five strips each of maple and cherry. I glued up the panel in two sections using an extra maple strip to separate them. Two strips on the end are glued together, but are not glued to the adjacent maple spacer strip or the other 8 strips. I did this primarily because I only have so many clamps at this point and my planner is only 10” wide.
In retrospect I could have glued up the entire panel because I used my Stanley #4 and my low angle block plane to smooth things out instead of the planner. This was a manual process, but it allowed me to take less material off in the end since the wood is thinner then I really wanted it to be.
Next Steps: Glue the two panels together and then flatten with the hand planes, then we cross cut strips 1.25 inches for the final glue up.
-- MolokMot, Rocker, Woodworker, Geek