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Forum topic by Antonis512 posted 03-31-2016 12:24 AM 728 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Antonis512

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03-31-2016 12:24 AM

Hello all!

During the years, I have read a lot of good information in this forum and now I would like to ask something for which I do not know the terminology in English (English is not my native language). Please forgive me for making my point with a lot more words than maybe what is needed.

I will work this project using kiln dried beechwood. I need to cut 2in x 6in or 2in x 8in boards of a length of 10ft, to pieces that will give me a final product which is cylinders, 1 3/8in in diameter and 7ft of length.

We all know that if one cuts such long pieces, no matter if the wood is kiln dried, they will bend. I was thinking of cutting these wide boards in half, then cutting pieces of 2in x maybe 2 1/2 in. Let those relax for some days, then come back with a long marking string to mark straight lines, cut them and square them to the desired dimensions.

Does anyone have a better suggestion or a link that will help?

Thank you for even reading through this post!


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jerryminer

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#1 posted 03-31-2016 02:24 AM

I think you are on the right track (“on the right track” being an American expression meaning you’re thinking correctly)

To the extent that you can either select straight-grained pieces, or make your initial cuts follow the grain to keep the grain running straight along the length you will be better off.

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#2 posted 04-02-2016 05:40 AM

your best results will obtained using quarter sawn

-- Scott.Triangle,NY Becareful and don't forget...They cut meat too!

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#3 posted 04-02-2016 08:40 AM



your best results will obtained using quarter sawn

- chiseler

There is no quarter sawn in 2×2, but there is straight(ish)

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Antonis512

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#4 posted 04-04-2016 09:21 PM

Thank you!

I will go select wood tomorrow. I will be flipping boards until they get tired of me!

I will try to get something as close to quarter sawn as possible but as Jerry said, it is not likely to find one in a 2in thick European beechwood. It has to be a laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarge tree. I have come across some 2in thick Iroko looking almost quarter sawn and that was a surprise back then.

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