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Cathy Krumrei

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#1 posted 05-02-2007 04:00 PM

When I laminate for a mantel, my process is taking boards we first put them in the planer for a even smooth surface to give the glue better contact, I then start with one board and then the next board is going opposite grains. I stack them until I get the thickness I need.
I then go and use Titebond glue on the first board then stack and glue. I then have a press my husband built-we call “Brutus” and put the layer of boards in the press and put pressure on the whole length. I let it sit for 4 days or so. Once the time is up I pull the piece out and now I have one junk of boards made to make a mantel. This gives the mantel the moving process that goes with wood so no cupping or bowing or cracking.
Lamination is a glueing process to get a bigger piece to work with. My deer panel was laminated to make it look like one piece. The wood was cut into angles then glued between each piece then clamped to make one 30 inch piece. You rarely can get a chunk of wood these days like that. If you could, I would still recut and laminate it for shifting purposes. Hope this helps.

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