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Mauricio

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#1 posted 918 days ago

Thanks Loren and Smitty for the additional input.

Loren, do you think that “skinning” one side would cause uneven moisture exchange on either side of the top? I was thinking of doing it to the bottom but your making me think I should do it to the top.

Smitty, no I haven’t done anything yet but its moving to the top of my project list soon so I’m in the design faze right now. I read Landis’ book and now am reading Schwarz’s book on Benches. I don’t see any benches in Schwarz’ book that are less than 3” thick which is making me think mine would be look too skinny.
You raise a very interesting idea I hadn’t thought of, the chunks don’t have to be of equal size. I was trying to avoid as much lamination as possible but I think if I’m going to cut it up I might as well go with Lee’s idea but cut it into 3” strips and flip them on end, I would just need to laminate more wood in to get it to 24” wide.

The other idea I was kicking around is to just cut this up and use it for leg and stretcher parts and figure something else out for the top. I just found a good source for 4×6 and 6×6 Southern Yellow Pine, kiln dried and pretty cheap but I really prefer the look of a hard wood to Pine.

Thanks again guys!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch


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