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Forum topic by brianl posted 1039 days ago 815 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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1039 days ago

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 1039 days ago

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 1038 days ago

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 1037 days ago

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.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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