|Forum topic by JimYoung||posted 07-07-2016 12:29 AM||567 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
07-07-2016 12:29 AM
Today I picked up some 5/4 African Mahogany at the local mill. I’m working on a small project and will be gluing up a panel 1/2” thick x 12” x 24” to cut some blanks for a small project. The board I picked up was pretty straight, has nice grain, and was quarter sawed.
I cut down the board to 24” lengths, and I used my planer sled and milled one face flat and then planed the other face. Next I ripped the boards to ~2 1/4” widths. I had some trouble with this and lucky I have a splitter on my table saw, since the board wanted to close in on the blade. I cleaned up the edges, and now I have a stack of 1 1/8”x 2 1/4” x 24” boards. Next I’m going to rip the boards down to 1/2” thickness. On the first board I tried to rip it in one pass, but it bound up the blade. So I lowered the blade and made one pass about 1 1/2” deep and then went to the band saw to separate the boards.
I finish planed the boards to clean up the saw marks and ended up with slightly less than 1/2” thick planks. The problem now is that all the boards have a 1/8” to 1/4” matching bow in them. Each book matched board bowed in the opposite direction.
Here’s the question, can I still glue up this panel if I alternate the boards with bow up and the bow down? I’ll need to use a few culls to clamp the boards flat during glue up. Should this straighten out the panel, or will I just be asking for trouble?
I’ve never seen this working with cherry, oak, or walnut. Is this something specific with Mahogany?
Thanks for your help,
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