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MsDebbieP

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2675 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: tips laminate

It’s time has come

Can someone explain ”lamination”? People talk about laminated wood and I think I know what that is but it’s time that I added this bit of techno knowledge to my list of woodworking brilliancy.

What is it? How do you achieve it? Why do you use it? etc.

Thanks in advance.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)


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oscorner

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#1 posted 2674 days ago

I got to visit DollarBill’s shop, yesterday. He does some fine work and laminations. Maybe DollarBill can give you some pointers? I haven’t tried it yet, myself.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Cathy Krumrei

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#2 posted 2674 days ago

When I laminate for a mantel, my process is taking boards we first put them in the planer for a even smooth surface to give the glue better contact, I then start with one board and then the next board is going opposite grains. I stack them until I get the thickness I need.
I then go and use Titebond glue on the first board then stack and glue. I then have a press my husband built-we call “Brutus” and put the layer of boards in the press and put pressure on the whole length. I let it sit for 4 days or so. Once the time is up I pull the piece out and now I have one junk of boards made to make a mantel. This gives the mantel the moving process that goes with wood so no cupping or bowing or cracking.
Lamination is a glueing process to get a bigger piece to work with. My deer panel was laminated to make it look like one piece. The wood was cut into angles then glued between each piece then clamped to make one 30 inch piece. You rarely can get a chunk of wood these days like that. If you could, I would still recut and laminate it for shifting purposes. Hope this helps.

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 2674 days ago

Thanks. Yes it helps.

I’ll have to go have another look at your deer panel

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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David

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#4 posted 2673 days ago

Debbie -

My first thought when I saw this post is “Oh boy she is tackling another technique”! You are amazing with your thirst for info.

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dennis mitchell

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#5 posted 2673 days ago

It usually refers to gluing one or more thin sheets of material. A thin veneer of wood is laminated onto a larger board.

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 2673 days ago

don’t get too excited David—I’m not tackling anything lol .. just became brave enough to ask :D

Dennis, sounds like a great way to conserve our lumber—putting a thin layer of quality wood over some cheaper, more renewable boards.

Thanks everyone..

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 2673 days ago

Plywood is a good example of laminating.
I laminated thin strips together to make the bent wood in my Windsor chair backs.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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woodspar

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#8 posted 2673 days ago

In fact, I believe that what Debbie said: “a great way to conserve lumber,” and what Dick said “plywood is a good example of laminating,” go together in the sense that plywood was invented partly to conserve lumber. It was an early “green” building material. (I cannot claim credit for this observation; I saw it on TOH where they are doing a “green” building rehab in Austin TX.)

-- John

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Chip

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#9 posted 2672 days ago

It’s a good way to make that Willow last longer Deb ;-)

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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MsDebbieP

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#10 posted 2672 days ago

I’ve already thought of that, Chip haha!!!

I can use the Little Ripper to hold the logs while cutting off slivers of wood on the bandsaw… a little glue, some junk wood, like . oh… oak or something hahahaha. and voila, a transformation into REAL wood—willow!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Chip

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#11 posted 2672 days ago

Just don’t put the Willow over Walnut… PLEASE!!!! ;-)

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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MsDebbieP

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#12 posted 2672 days ago

lol I was going to type that instead of oak but I didn’t want to give you a heart attack lol

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Chip

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#13 posted 2672 days ago

Whew! My heart was racing until I read oak. LOL.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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oscorner

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#14 posted 2672 days ago

Willow over Oak? Would that be considered a medium wood? LOL.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Jeffrey

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#15 posted 2672 days ago

I would be really carefull if thinking of vennering over a red oak substrate. Oak has a very open grain and there is a pretty good chance it will telegraph through the veneer. Not Good! If you are useing a paper backed veneer or a veneer over a 64th of an inch than disregard this info and proceed as planned. A couple good hardwood substrates are soft maple and yellow poplar. I have used both in the past with excellant results. A good manufactured wood is MDF or Baltic Birch.

-- Jeff - Bellevue,Ne.

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