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#1 posted 11-07-2011 05:31 PM

Bob Lang is definitely someone to listen to in these matters. I always get a kick out of seeing him post here.

I’ve seen lots of bent laminations with 1/8”. They bend easier, the glue allows them to slide and settle around the bending form, you get less springback, there’s less stress on the fibers, and if you choose the wood sequentially from the resawing order, you can barely see the laminations before finishing.

Another trick I’ve used is to glue the thick stock together if the added thickness will yield better resawing. For example, if you can’t resaw 4/4 into two pieces, can you get three useful pieces out of 8/4? There may still be some waste, but it’s not as bad.

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