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Damage Inc.

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06-28-2017 04:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut

Hi all. Been a while since I’ve been around. Life has allowed me to get back to making scrap and sawdust finally. I’m making a solid walnut desk that will be supported by three walls. I’ve got the lumber milled down to 3.5”w x 1.5ish” this pieces. My furniture maker neighbor is helping me with this part as he has the big industrial sized equipment. When gluing the pieces together I know all about alternating the grain and all that, but I disagree with how he recommends I glue the pieces together.

My though was to dowel or biscuit them together. He says that’s a waste and just glue should do the trick. Any help you guys could give would be great.

Thank you.


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KelleyCrafts

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#1 posted 06-28-2017 04:57 PM

Just glue will do the trick just fine. Dowels or biscuits help with alignment, I don’t really ever use them.

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Damage Inc.

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#2 posted 06-28-2017 05:10 PM

I get it. Furniture building neighbor guy also say in the same breath that he’s had to replace a few of his recent tabletops because they split…....

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#3 posted 06-28-2017 05:31 PM

Glue is stronger than wood, so a good clean joint on long grain will be stronger than anything else you can do to it.

If his tabletops are splitting, it’s more likely from either the wood not being completely dry, the pieces not mating well at the joint or from not allowing for seasonal wood movement in the design, not from whether or not he uses dowels.

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#4 posted 06-28-2017 05:49 PM

Long grain to long grain gluing need nothing but well fitting jointed edges. The joint comes together with out having to use clamp pressure to close gaps. In my opinion forget the alternating the the growth rings. Just lay you boards out to get the best grain and color match. You what your table to look good, right?

Who is doing the glue up? You or him?

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#5 posted 06-28-2017 05:52 PM



about alternating the grain and all that, but I disagree with how he recommends I glue the pieces together. .

Thank you.

- Damage Inc.

Just glue.

Alternating grain is a myth, won’t hurt you but won’t prevent cupping either.

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