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521 days ago
I’m making a frame-and-panel cedar chest, using a bunch of scrap cedar I picked up almost for free – about 40 or so 4’ planks, 5/8” x 6”. My plan is to plane them down to 1/2” and glue them for panels – roughly 3.5’ x 2’ for the front/back, 2’ x 2’ for the sides. The planks were perfectly flat when I got them, and I don’t have a jointer, so I figured a few trips through the planer and I’d be set.
But, although the cedar was originally kiln dried, the planks were a little surface damp when I picked them up, and after stickering them for a while they dried out (in my climate-controlled underground garage), but some of the boards developed bows. Not cups or warps, but just 1/8” to 3/4” bows from the center out. (Any bows that aren’t dead center don’t matter, I can just cut off the short end and use the longer one.)
If I were to glue up the boards that have shallow bows, alternating bow directions and using over/under cauls, do you think these panels would be ok? I also have a biscuit joiner – can I put biscuits in 1/2” boards, and if so would that help?
-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.