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Posted on Rip and Join. Yeah or Nay?

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#1 posted 08-29-2012 03:12 AM


According to Bob Lang, you worry too much. If the wood was properly dried you should have no problem. Sitting around waiting for a finish won’t have any effect, nor will having a finish help. Studies have shown that the only finish that retards moisture movement in wood after 6 weeks is house paint. Well dried wood should be stable for life. Wide boards were the signature of fine wood working back in the 17th and 18th centuries and they didn’t have too much problem.

Besides, the length will have minimal effect. Boards cup across the width and yours are only 7” wide. Nothing to worry about. As to twist or warp, they would have done that most likely coming off the saw or shortly after. If they haven’t, they won’t. Ripping and resawing wouldn’t effect warp or twist anyway, just cupping, which at 7” is not a real threat.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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