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Forum topic by Kaleb the Swede posted 09-22-2013 01:29 AM 1116 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kaleb the Swede

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09-22-2013 01:29 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tip question maple cherry

Making a dresser for the little wife, well designing really. I got some great deals on lumber recently and got a huge wide piece of some nice maple about 26 inches wide.

My question is I want the top of this dresser to be the maple and then the sides will be cherry which I got too. I am planning on dovetailing the top and sides, and bottom together. With this wide board on top should I rip it to smaller pieces and flip them around to prevent warping, like say 6 inch pieces? My final width I want to be 18 inches. It will be 32 inches long.

There is no spectacular flame figure that I am trying to keep, it is just a nice wide board. So I think it won’t damage the overall look to rip it.

Should I do the same for the cherry? I want the same width (18 inches) for the sides as well? The boards I got, I could easily do 9 inch pieces to get my 18, or should I stick with the 6 inch that I was originally thinking.

Hopefully I made myself clear

New to these wide boards so please and thank you for helping.

The Swede

-- Just trying to build something beautiful


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Dallas

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#1 posted 09-22-2013 01:52 AM

Do you know how many people look for wide boards?
Original American furniture was fraught with wide boards. I swiped a nice piece of red oak out of an old laborer’s cabin that was used as sheathing. I sold it for $400, it was 26” wide and 14’ long.

If you want narrow strips, buy some narrow maple, save what you have until it tells you what it wants to be!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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richardwootton

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#2 posted 09-22-2013 02:03 AM

I wouldn’t worry too much about using a piece that wide, however I would be inclined to save that big old piece of maple for something special where you can utilize the full width of the board.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 09-22-2013 02:07 AM

Glue lines help reduce wood movement but I would not be cutting 26” material into strips unless the can be ripped and glued back together without being able to clearly see the the glue up. You might consider fastening the top with figure 8s
or cleats with screws with elongated screws for wood movement.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Dallas

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#4 posted 09-22-2013 02:22 AM

I’ll make you a deal…. I have a bunch of unremarkable maple 7”-9” wide. I will send it to you in exchange for your wide board. To sweeten the deal, I will send enough to make a 30” wide board

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 09-22-2013 03:02 AM

If I were to ask anyone’s opinion here, it would be Charles Neil : )
http://lumberjocks.com/CharlesNeil

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 09-22-2013 03:04 AM

Good choice but I haven’t seen him on Ljs over the week end before.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Kaleb the Swede

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#7 posted 09-22-2013 03:10 AM

So that’s a no I take from the jury? I was just worried that it was going to start to warp and being that I plan on dovetailing it together I didn’t want it to break with the tension.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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theoldfart

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#8 posted 09-22-2013 03:17 AM

Those boards will not noticeably warp once they have been dovetailed together.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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Manitario

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#9 posted 09-22-2013 02:09 PM

If it has been dried properly it should be relatively stable at this point.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Lee Barker

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#10 posted 09-22-2013 04:13 PM

Wow. This is fun to think about.

I’m seeing something I’ve not ventured toward before.

How about the carcase being a box, all dovetailed. The bottom, which would not be see, could be a glue up of something of similar character. All dovetailed together, four sides, it would be wonderfully stable

Stand it on four legs or an interesting base of some design.

Inset a back, inset the drawers (of stacked dimensions), all edges gently eased or less than 1/4” roundovers. This style can be seen in some of the early FWW design books. I could check mine at work and get you a page reference or picture if you’re curious to explore this idea some more.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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PittsburghTim

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#11 posted 09-22-2013 05:57 PM

Is the big wife going to be upset if you don’t build her one too?

-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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Kaleb the Swede

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#12 posted 09-22-2013 06:53 PM

Mr. Barker that is exactly what I’m leaning towards. Exactly. It’s going to be dovetail city but it should be fun

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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Lee Barker

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#13 posted 09-23-2013 12:26 AM

Standing by for the play-by-play, Kaleb….

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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BigMig

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#14 posted 09-23-2013 04:24 PM

I’d say, use your board for teh top of teh unit and bask in the wideness of the board. You shouldn’t use teh same for teh bottom as nobody will see it and you can conserve this great stock.

Just my $0.02

Good luck!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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