|Forum topic by bbasiaga||posted 378 days ago||1405 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
378 days ago
I’m going to make some legs that are 2.5” thick (and also 2.5” wide). I’ve got some 15/16” red oak for the project. There were no thicker boards in stock.
Since this is my first time laminating, I’m debating how to best handle this. The boards I have are pretty flat, but I’m figuring I’ll need to joint and then plane them enough to get them to glue together. I’ll cut them wide and long, and end up with somethng around 4” longer than desired, an inch or so wider than desired, and shy of 3/8” too thick. The extra length can help me if any snipe occurs during facing operations, and the width if something slips during the glue-up. And I’ll need to plane the final assembly back to the proper thickness.
Does this sound like the right/best way to do it? I was also thinking I could maybe get away without the planing/jointing ahead of time if the boards are flat enough, then just joint/plane out any imperfections in the final assembly. Somehow, that seemed more risky though. What do you all think?
I’m pretty new at this, so any advice would be much appreciated.
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