Rip and glue or use as one piece?

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Forum topic by rut posted 05-14-2012 12:24 PM 969 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-14-2012 12:24 PM

I have some wide maple boards for making raised panels in the kitchen. Is it safe to use these in one solid piece or should I rip them in half and glue them up? Someone told me it is better to rip them to relieve stress in the wood.


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#1 posted 05-14-2012 12:28 PM

How wide are your boards? Anything under 6” – 7” can probably be used as is. I would probably rip and glue anything wider.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#2 posted 05-14-2012 01:03 PM

If they are nice and dry and flat and stable, go for it. If not, rip and glue back up. That way, you can get the ripped pieces perfectly flat on the jointer, then plane them to final thickness, and re-glue.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#3 posted 05-14-2012 01:10 PM

I would agree with Sawkerf. Anything wider than about 6” I probably would rip them and glue.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 05-14-2012 01:19 PM

More than likely you will have doors as wide as 24” which means some panels will Have to be glued.

So, I like to think about the look of uniformity from one door to the next. I glue panels with 3 – 5 1/2” pieces (not all the same). Verify where the joints will land (not to close to routed profile)

Why take a chance of warping with a really wide board when it ends up looking different than the other doors?

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#5 posted 05-14-2012 01:30 PM

Rip and glue
Have fun

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