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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 618 days ago 407 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RussellAP

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618 days ago

I cut and joined some padauk, walnut, and red oak today. I cut the dimension an inch or so long because I plan to miter them to fit later. It’s going to be a box that I’m making and I plan to use biscuit joinery all around on each 3” piece of wood. I’ll mix up the wood and randomize it on the sides and front. Then use contrasting dowels to add color.
My question is, I’ve cut the wood basically to length and joined the pieces in order to get a square cut on the miter to length. I haven’t planed them yet because I thought I’d wait and let them get adjusted to their new cuts.

Is this really necessary, and if so why and how long?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.


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AandCstyle

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#1 posted 618 days ago

Russell, when I rough cut wood, I leave it large in all 3 dimensions until I am ready to cut it to finished size. At that point, I try to complete the assembly because wood is always moving. However, it depends on the temp/humidity of where the wood has been stored vs your shop and if the wood was properly dried to minimize internal stresses. If everything has reached equilibrium before you make any cuts, you should be fine. HTH

-- Art

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RussellAP

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#2 posted 618 days ago

Thanks Art. I’ll go ahead and plane them to size and do the final cuts tomorrow.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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