|Forum topic by BinghamtonEd||posted 10-16-2013 01:59 PM||700 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
10-16-2013 01:59 PM
So I am going to making a few trays as Christmas presents. The tray will be a thicker piece of walnut, with a thinner piece of maple laminated to the top, so when routed out, the tray has a maple lip. I’m wondering if there is an ideal way to lay this out as far as grain direction goes.
Enter my awesome MS paint skills…
Here are the 4 options. This may be a bit exaggerated as I’m not going to pick the most flatsawn lumber I can find. However, it shows the grain orientation for this purpose.
Common sense (if I have any) is telling me to match the orientation of the rings between the maple and walnut, as seen in options A and D. Going with A would give me a tray that I would think is less prone to warp, as I would be routing away most of the whole growth rings. Going with D would seem like a stronger tray as the bottom would consist of more whole rings, but therefore would be more prone to warping.
I’m probably way over-thinking this, but am wondering if someone can share their experience with this task.
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