Panels - Large cuts or glue them up?

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Forum topic by lumberjoe posted 04-13-2012 02:26 PM 826 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2012 02:26 PM

As I mentioned several times, m fairly new to woodworking. My father is fairly skilled and is a trained finish carpenter, although hasn’t practiced in about 25 years. His advise to me was always rip down stock into smallish (3 to 4 inch) sections and glue them up for panels. I am in the process of making some end tables that kind of match the style of my crappy coffee table project. The legs will be two panels about 8” wide. Since this is pine, I am worried about dimensional stability over time. I have some 12” wide boards with very slight cupping I can work out with a plane. Should I cut those to length, or rip them down and glue them up, alternating grain direction?

The “crappy coffee table” legs are glued because I didn’t have stock wide enough.


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#1 posted 04-13-2012 02:40 PM

Rip and glue for me. I’m goin’ with your Dad. Especially with pine.


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#2 posted 04-13-2012 02:41 PM

Hi Joe
I agree with your father,ripping wider boards down and gluing them back together alternating the grain will help from the wood from cupping in the future even if you don’t alternate the grain ripping to smaller strips and gluing it back together
will minimize cupping and across the grain movement.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 04-13-2012 02:55 PM

Thanks guys. more often than not the old man is right!


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