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Forum topic by lumberjoe posted 05-30-2012 03:19 PM 999 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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lumberjoe

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05-30-2012 03:19 PM

For reference, please see my project posting listed here

I could not source enough 8/4 oak to cut the table legs out of. Since I wanted them relatively narrow, using a core and mitered sides was not really possible. I cut the 4/4 (planed to 3/4”) into 1 1/2” strips. I then glued the strips together, face-to-face. The overall length of the glue up was about 27”, and I clamped every 3 to 4 inches. The overall length of the finished legs are 26 1/4”. Am I going to have warping/buckling/splitting issues with these?

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#1 posted 05-30-2012 05:09 PM

Not normally, with dried lumber and careful grain orientation.

I own an old post office mail sorting table that was built in 1932 with legs made like this. They are 3 layers and no problems; even after sitting on the ground in a barn for 10 years. Well, no problems other than loosing a couple inches to termites.

I’ve had more problems with single board legs than laminated. Turn the grain right and the laminations cancel each other’s warping tendencies out.

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#2 posted 05-30-2012 06:32 PM

As you can see in my project pictures, I tried to pay close attention to grain orientation. The result was very aesthetically pleasing as well as functional. I have never seen anyone use the technique, or advise against its use so I was curious. I know glue lines could be an eyesore. I was very careful in my wood selection to match the grain as much as possible. In addition I cut them long and wide so I would have some room to run them through the planer a few times and clean up any seams or overlap. In the 8/4 I looked at, I noticed a lot more splits in the ends than I did in the 4/4, which is why I didn’t buy any. By the time I cut out all the splits, I would have been one leg short.

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#3 posted 05-30-2012 07:15 PM

No, you shouldn’t have any problems unless the joints are glue starved. This is a good technique if you like the look.

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#4 posted 05-30-2012 07:17 PM

I made sure I put an ample and evenly spread amount of glue on each face. I use Titebond III in all my projects.

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