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Gluing sapwood?

by gdiddy13
posted 01-08-2018 12:50 AM

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#1 posted 01-08-2018 01:08 AM

I’ve never heard such a thing in general and should make absolutely no difference in joint strength.

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#2 posted 01-08-2018 02:43 AM

when in doubt – use fasteners such as dowels or biscuits and use epoxy.

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#3 posted 01-08-2018 03:37 AM

Sapwood is softer than heartwood, so it will be weaker in general. However a sapwood-to-sapwood glue joint should be just as strong as the sapwood itself. And since we are talking about cutting boards, I’d say go for it.

I trim away softwood from my projects, but it has more to do with aesthetics than strength.

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#4 posted 01-08-2018 01:03 PM

What you are saying might be true for some particular odd species, but there is absolutely no truth to the idea in general terms. There is more sap wood being held together with glue than heart wood except for fine furniture and nowadays a lot of craftsmen even ignore that.

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