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Forum topic by camin posted 12-23-2009 05:10 AM 746 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-23-2009 05:10 AM

Wow, very impressed with the number of members that welcomed me in such a short time. Many thanks. Also appreciate the reply to question ‘Why maple”. Next question: When laminating planks face to face how should grains be oriented on the planks? ////glue//// or ////glue\\\\ Grains all aligning, or opposing? Planning to use planks on edge, face to face, to make up top of work bench. Know there are 2 schools of thought on edge to edge glue-ups. Can’t find anything on face to face glue-ups

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#1 posted 12-23-2009 07:27 PM

Same rules for face to face, you can easily get away with /// to ///, since the width of the glue-up will be longer than a 3/4 edge to edge. Mostly you’d use same orientation on a tabletop if you’re also using a beadboard.

Since grain orientation won’t be as obvious, ///glue\\\ is better since it will offer a stronger bond and minimize movement during the glue up.

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#2 posted 12-24-2009 05:07 AM

I like the sound of better inherent stability of lay-up with opposing grain, /// to\\\. I used this technique in buliding up frame for workbench. What troulbes me is that I ran into tear-out problems when planing and scraping. Considering I’m going to go to alot of effort to get the top flat I’m reluctant to sign-on to more problems than necessary.

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