|Forum topic by Bill Butler||posted 2200 days ago||968 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
2200 days ago
I have come into a supply of what I believe are oak pews from my local church. They recently renovated by installing even older pews from a church closing down; go figure.
I promised the padre that I would make him some bookcases in exchange for the load I received.
I picked up about a dozen of the seat boards (there is a lot more to be had) (The pew being the seat, the back and the end caps). The seat profile runs just over 1 1/4” to just a hair over 3/4”. The seat board is over 9’ long. The seat board is a glue-up of 3” boards which run the full 9’+ length. There was no attention paid to the bottom of these seats during construction so that the bottom is not perfectly flat, not to mention the load of chewing gum I have to scrape off.
I am trying to figure out a good way to reclaim this wood so that I can build these bookcases.
I have thus far tried two approaches.
1. I rough cut the seat down to 12” wide and cut it in half width-wise, so that I have 2 boards about 50” x 12”. I then ran it through my surface planer; several times. I was left with some nice finished material with two problems. a. The nominal thickness is now 5/8”, and b. One of the two boards came out with a nasty cup in it, but I think this was more technique.
In using this approach my question to the membership is: Would 5/8” thick of solid wood provide sufficent thickness to build sturdy bookcases?
2. I rough cut the seat in half width-wise and ripped the leading and trailing edges of the seat along a previous glue up for about 6” of material (this is the thickest area, with the butt divot being in the middle). I ran the boards through the jointer, then the surface planer. This method produced boards that are a hair thicker than 3/4”. Of course I now have to glue up to create risers and shelves. The problem I had with with this is one of the boards has a slight bow in it. While I could rejoint the board, I don’t want to lose the thickness.
Is it ever ok to do a glue up on boards with any amount of bow? In this case there is about 1/16” over 50” Is it even worth trying to throw a few biscuits in there and do a glue up or am I just asking for it.
Thanks for your assistance,