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09-10-2015 06:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: unglued joinery dimensionally stable wood

I’m designing a splayed leg desk where the legs attach to an apron with an oblique bridle joint. I don’t want to glue the legs because I want to be able to break down the desk so it can be stored relatively flat.

So I am looking for a wood for the legs and the apron which is dimensionally stable enough so that the joint will stay tight but won’t drastically change due to moisture.

Any suggestions for a wood that could be used for joinery that is unglued and has the ability to be taken apart and put back together?

I’m trying to avoid mechanical fasteners if at all possible.

Thanks


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#1 posted 09-10-2015 08:21 PM

Mahogany is very stable for a situation like that…....buut it is an indoor piece,no ?

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#2 posted 09-10-2015 08:37 PM

Why avoid fasteners?

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#3 posted 09-10-2015 08:42 PM

Hard to best QSWO for dimensional stability and strength.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#4 posted 09-10-2015 08:54 PM

It is an indoor piece.

Mahogany is pretty pricey. And I’m hoping to use wood native to kentucky or the surrounding region. Red Oak, Soft Maple maybe, Cherry, and one wood I’ve never worked with is Ky Coffee tree.

Trying to avoid bolts and such is more of an aesthetic choice. If I had to use something I would prefer some kind of wedge or the like.

Forgive my ignorance and inexperience but what is QSWO?

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#5 posted 09-10-2015 09:02 PM

Sorry: Quartersawn White Oak

Where are you in KY? I’m in Louisville, and you can get QS white and red oak at several of the sawmills around here. I’m almost finished made with 8/4 QSWO

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#6 posted 09-10-2015 09:11 PM

CharlesA:
I’m in Louisville as well. What are some sawmills you frequent? I’ve been looking at bagdad lumber, they seem to have decent prices. What are you paying per bf for the quartersawn stock?

I’m a novice wood worker at best so there are a lot of general rules of thumb that I’m not aware of. This will be my first real project in a long while. I don’t have wood shop level tools to use but I have friends who have shops.

Have you ever used Coffeetree wood?

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#7 posted 09-10-2015 09:16 PM

I haven’t used Kentucky Coffeetree.

I’ve used Bagdad and Mcinturf—been pleased with both. The closest to Louisville is actually in Sellersburg, IN. They’re 16 miles from my house—I’ve been very pleased. When I’m looking for something specific, I’ll call all three to see what they have. Here’s their price list:

http://www.bonesteelmillandmolding.com/pb/wp_192dac55/wp_192dac55.html

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#8 posted 09-11-2015 07:45 PM

Charles A
Thanks for the info on the Sellersburg mill. Great variety there.

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