Serious novice here – confused, as usual – first question of many over the next few months.
I’ve been doing a lot of smallish stuff recently using some tongue and groove that was left over from laying a floor.
Once the T&G is removed I’ve finally sussed how to get decent edges for gluing up panels (Pine, 2cm = 3/4” thick, 3 strips of 11cm = 4.5” wide, 45cm = 18” long) using my router (I don’t have a lot of tools) – all goes well – I’m even getting confident enough to skip the biscuits.
But I’ve also read a lot everywhere (I try to learn from other people’s mistakes, since we don’t have a wood burning stove yet), and all that “wood movement” stuff talks about not having everything running the same way – that the boards should alternate, grain up, grain down – I’m not describing this well – that the end-grain curves should go “curve up”, “curve down”, “curve up”, so the movement doesn’t create one big cup. Hopefully you know what I mean.
The problem is that when I saw up a single plank into my 3 strips, the “back” and the “front” look very different, and no matter how I arrange them, unless they’re all arranged with the same face up, it really doesn’t look right – this is seriously patterned wood, which is why we didn’t use it for the other floor we need to do.
Have I misunderstood something?
How do I reconcile the final look with the wood movement?
At this sort of size is this a big issue – does size matter in this regard?
I have other designs in mind in oak, beech and ash – do I need to be more careful, less careful, equally careful with those woods?
I realise nothing I’ve read is a “dictat”, but I don’t want to find that as soon as the weather changes everything starts creaking, bending and breaking.
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