|Forum topic by Willington_Chuck||posted 11-06-2011 03:57 PM||2164 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
11-06-2011 03:57 PM
Hi, I’m new here. I’ve been lurking in the epic morris chair thread for a while, but I can’t seem to find the answer to this particular question.
I am building a pair of Morris Chairs from the plans in Wood Magazine issue #112. I’m making them out of qsawn oak. I have a question about the laminations for the bent arms. The plans call for laminating three pieces of 3/8” for a final thickness of 1 & 1/8”.
My original plan was to get down to 3/8” by thickness planing 4/4 stock. I couldn’t find 5/4 stock to resaw into 3/8”, and a few test runs on pieces much smaller than the armrest laminations proved to me resawing two useful pieces of 3/8” stock out of one piece of 4/4 is currently beyond my level of ability.
But, after doing the math, I’m a little unsure of my plan. (2 chairs) x (2 arms each) x (3 plys per arm) = way too much sawdust and waste if I start from 4/4. Besides, if I can do it more efficiently, I’m pretty sure I will have enough leftover qsawn oak to make a nice endtable or ottoman.
So, that leaves me here, with two questions.
1.) How will it effect the finished product to laminate the arms out of 4 plys of ~0.28” thick rather than 3 plys of 3/8”?
2.) When resawing thin pieces like this, it seems pretty typical to end up with two bowed pieces even if you start with something that was milled square. Given that these pieces are destine for a bent lamination anyway, do I need to worry about machining off any bow that shows up after resawing?
Thanks for the help.