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Forum topic by Boydman posted 09-12-2010 07:19 PM 1020 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-12-2010 07:19 PM

Need some advice, I am making a 17”X20” wall plaque, i have jointed, planed and edge glued three 6” wide pieces 5/8” think red oak. The wood was rough sawn and air dried over 1 and 1/2 years. The piece is presently flat, but I worry as humidity changes it may cup due to the large size? I plan to seal the plaque with polyurethane. Would it be better to cut the wood into thinner strips and alternate the grain to prevent warping or cupping? Or are there other alternatives such as relief cuts in the back? All help and suggestions would be much appreciated.
Thanks Bob

-- Bob, Abilene Texas

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#1 posted 09-12-2010 08:12 PM

It will not cup in most cases if you rotate your boards. If you look at the end of the boards you can see where the grain goes up or down. One up, next one down and one up. I usually glue no more than 4” wide boards for large plaques or panels. Your boards being 6” wide might have a problem unless you rotated the boards and the you might luck out.

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#2 posted 09-12-2010 08:19 PM

If it’s 5/8” thick flat sawn red oak, it may cup. I think I would rip the boards to 3” or 4”, like Tom said and alternate the grain pattern.

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#3 posted 09-13-2010 03:33 AM

Thank you for the help gentlemen, I did not alternate the grain, i got too caught up in the look of the grain pattern and the color consistency. I will rip the existing board, joint, alternate and reglue. Thanks

-- Bob, Abilene Texas

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