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Forum topic by todd4390 posted 09-20-2015 06:55 PM 468 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-20-2015 06:55 PM

I am getting ready to build a platform bed for my daughter and the side rails and foot rail are going to be face up instead of edge up like most beds. I’m using 3/4” walnut but want to give the frames the appearance of being 2-1/2” thick without using a solid piece of walnut due to price. I’m planning on laminating the walnut to an 1-3/4” thick piece of poplar on the top and two sides. I’m wondering if I will have problems with wood movement in the poplar across the width of the board resulting in the walnut pieces pulling apart on the top edges where they will be mitered together.

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#1 posted 09-20-2015 07:06 PM

They probably will move differently, but it won’t matter across that short dimension.

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#2 posted 09-20-2015 07:08 PM

I’m not going to call this “the correct answer” or that I’ve had the experience of doing this before.

That said, my thought was that with a lot of things made with drawers only the drawer face is the “expensive” wood (walnut), and the rest of the drawer is made from something cheaper (poplar). The drawer sides are attached to the drawer face frequently with dovetails that don’t really allow for the woods to expand and contract at different rates. I wouldn’t expect there to be too much concern over it, especially given the size.

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#3 posted 09-20-2015 08:00 PM

Guess I should have given the dimensions of polar I’m laminating the walnut to. The poplar board will be 7-1/2” wide x 2-1/2” thick x 81” long. I’m worried about the poplar moving across the width. I will have two pieces of walnut edge joined together laminated to width of the poplar. Hope that makes sense.

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