I rececently changed the configuration of my son’s loft bed (that I had previously built). He no longer wanted to be 5’ off the ground, so we lowered it. The result was a lot of leftover 2x material, and most of it had holes for the bolts that held it all together. Instead of scrapping it, I decided to rip it in 7/8” strips and edge glue them into panels.
Here’s the milled down 2×4’s and 2×6’s
Next, the strips spent some quality time with the bar clamps. I’m assembling the panels in 12” or less widths so they can fit through the thickness planer later.
The final panels. You can see the cross section of the holes. The great part is that when the board is flipped over, you would never know the difference.
Once all the glue up is completed, the next operation will be sizing the thickness with the planer.