Question on stability of wide walnut boards

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Forum topic by FrankThomas posted 01-21-2010 11:04 PM 849 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-21-2010 11:04 PM

I am designing a pair of bedside tables made of solid walnut. The top is a small carcase with a drawer inside. The sides of this carcase will be 7”. Would you use a single 7” board or glue up to 7”?

Thanks in advance.

-- Frank Thomas, Grand Rapids, MI

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#1 posted 01-21-2010 11:12 PM

7” thats rather smallish for a table I would think.

regardless, for 7” I wouldn’t worry about it much. and would use a single board which will have a nicer look to it. how thick is the board?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 01-21-2010 11:23 PM

I would first concern myself with the MC of the wood. If it is in the 8% range, then it would be probably stable. If over 11%, it may still want to move.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#3 posted 01-21-2010 11:25 PM

7” is just the height of the side of the case. Not the top. The top will be 20”x16”. The case below the top will hold a drawer. That case is 18.5W x 15.5D x 7H.

The pieces in question will be the sides 15.5” x 7” x 3/4 and the back at 18.5” x 7” x 3/4.

I didn’t think t would be too wide but I’ve been to our 2 main wood stores in town and no one had any 4/4 that wide. So it started me thinking. I’d prefer to use a single board at least for the sides.

-- Frank Thomas, Grand Rapids, MI

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