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Forum topic by torea posted 07-08-2016 03:32 AM 579 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-08-2016 03:32 AM


I’m new here and relatively new to woodworking, but I’m trying to challenge myself with my next project. I’m working with tiger maple, and I want to bookend the top piece for a box I’m making to get that classic tiger stripe look. The problem is I don’t know what joint to use on the two pieces once they’re cut. To make matters worse, the board is only 1-1/8” thick and I don’t have a large bandsaw so I’m going to resaw it by hand. I’ve done this before and am cautiously confident in my ability to cut it evenly. But there won’t be much more than 1/2” of thickness remaining. There won’t be any weight on this piece, but I still want to ensure that the joint will hold up over time.

The best I could think of is a shiplap joint running along the full length of the board. Is this my best option?

Thanks for your help!

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#1 posted 07-08-2016 03:47 AM

If it’s the long grain just glue it.
End grain to end grain is going to need something more.

-- Aj

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#2 posted 07-08-2016 04:47 AM

+1 ^^. A simple butt joint for long grain is fine—done all the time.

(By “bookend”—do you mean “book-match”—that is, one piece split in two (resawn) then opened “like a book” ?)

A butt joint will remove less material, giving you a closer match, be easier to make, and plenty strong (a long-grain butt joint with modern glues is stronger than the natural bond within the wood itself)

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#3 posted 07-08-2016 02:43 PM

Hi, thanks for the responses!

Yes, I did mean book matched. If a butt joint will do, that’s fine with me! I didn’t know if that would be strong enough.

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