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Forum topic by brianl posted 10-17-2011 07:00 PM 1035 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-17-2011 07:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: beech plane-making

Does anyone know where I can purchase 16/4 beech? I’ve been enjoying plane-making recently and I want to build a beech plane but I can’t find a supply thick enough. I know I could go with a glue-up, but I’d prefer solid wood.

-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts

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#1 posted 10-17-2011 07:54 PM

Wouldn’t a glue-up be more stable and less prone to checking and warping, not to mention offering the opportunity to do some symetrical contrasting layers.

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#2 posted 10-18-2011 04:13 AM

I would have a look locally on craigslist…...might find someone that has some tucked away in a barn.

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#3 posted 10-19-2011 04:10 AM

That is going to be hard to find as beech is difficult to dry without checking unless it is dried very, very, slowly. It is not really economical to do that in a modern kiln.

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