Straighten 3/4 plywood?

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Blog entry by Rick posted 03-06-2008 07:08 AM 2626 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello and thanks for the many welcomes. I’m an advanced novice working on the floor of the ‘garage’ with a lousy table saw, PC router, hand saw and various straight guides. I just got a thickness plane & jointer through CL for 250 – I’m so excited. The manual for the jointer was updated in 1954, No more warped Home Depot wood. I just made 5 – 7’ x 32” bookcases and they came out pretty good, but I’m never satisfied with the trim I used crown at the top, and floor molding on the bottom. Routed an edge bead on the outside and a profile on the inside. But the ply wood wasnt all that straight, and one of them came together a little off. Currently wrkin on the entertainment center plans from plansnow, And I must say it’s coming together really well. Not knowing anything I decided to use white ash, cause that’s what the guy who made it used. I got the ply, but having trouble finding boards 1” or better. there are a few mills around here but only one had some that was cut in november and prob not ready. I want to keep the same grain look. Is there another wood that has that long straight grain? They have oak, cherry, hard maple…. When gluing up a case, do you do it standing up, or lying flat (the case I mean). What kind of glue? I’ve been using Elmer’s yellow, but I see people using Titebond.
Well thanks for any replies – I don’t know if I’m posting in the right place…..

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#1 posted 03-06-2008 05:23 PM

well i like Titebond II. i used to use the Elmer’s wood glue but i find Titebond II to be much better. it can be used outside and it’s approved for indirect food contact such as in cutting boards. Elmer’s is ok but i just find Titebond II to be a better all around glue.

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#2 posted 03-06-2008 06:15 PM

Hi Rick,

Thicker boards shouldn’t be any problem to find. You may have to search but most lumber dealers will stock 6/4 to 12/4 boards- albeit in smaller volume as compared with 4/4 lumber. If you can’t find anything you can always laminate two 4/4 boards to make a thicker one. You may have a glue line but some molding or other edge treatment should take care of this. But if you can’t do either of these then you may want to add another type of wood. Projects with mixed woods, particularly contrasting woods look really good. Using contrasting woods breaks up the monotony that comes with a project that is built with a single wood species. Here is a link that a lot of folks recommend I haven’t had a lot of luck in my area but this may help you.

Glue is a lot like motor oil. They all do a particularly good job. It becomes largely a matter of personal preference as to which one to use. I am assuming that this is an indoor project. If you were planning an outdoor project then you would need to use a waterproof glue.

Hope this helps.

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