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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 10-22-2011 04:19 PM

I’d tackle this in a slightly different way that would involve no compromises concerning the “will it recup/will it not” question.

I’d rip it into 2 3/4” pieces, square them, then select the good sides and glue it up. It will be a beautiful, multi-colored butcher-blocky looking thing, hard as a foreclosure officer’s heart, knotless on the top (luck being with you) and you can finish it any way you want.

If you had to make it wider because you lost some in the kerfs, a few strips of 4/4×2 3/4 (nominal) strategically placed walnut or mahogany will be stunning. You’ll smile out loud every time you walk into your shop and see this work of yours.

My oh my. You have a find there, Mauricio.



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