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#1 posted 07-26-2016 05:45 PM

I’m certainly no expert, but I would think that dissimilar species could successfully be glued together (I’m thinking about cutting boards). I do think different species will have different rates of expansion and contraction—even the same species may have different rates depending on how it is cut from the log (flatsawn vs. quartersawn). As long as the expansion/contraction is not restricted—I would think it would be fine.

I definitely feel your pain on the damage that occurs as a result of expansion/contraction and I respect the fact that you admitted it (for others to learn) and made good with your customer.

I built a small side table for myself several years ago. The top was a frame and panel design. I sorta botched the panel fit in the frame and decided to “fix it” by routing a narrow groove between the frame and panel and gluing in an accent strip (Paduak).

The accent strip split after about 6 months. I was upset, but I learned a lesson. I ended up cutting out the panel and building another frame without the accent strip.

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