Working with quarter inch stock ??

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Forum topic by natenaaron posted 06-27-2014 04:03 PM 955 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-27-2014 04:03 PM

I am working on a small lamp project and as usual I decided the base had to be something really special. Well special means money and the thicker that special gets the higher the price. So, I was looking on ebay and found some quarter inch redwood burl guitar blanks. Super sexy wood and not priced out of my budget. Problem is I have never worked with anything this thin. 3/4 is the smallest I have ever worked with. My questions are:

Should I treat this like veneer and attach it to a stable (ie MDF) substrate?

I will need to cut it at 45 degree edges. is this doable with 1/4 stock or will I get massive tear out?

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#1 posted 06-27-2014 05:51 PM

I laminate 1/4” stock to thicker stock all the time. In a way it is like veneering, but not nearly as delicate. The problem you will have is trying to work with 1/4” stock alone… it will warp. However, once you glue it to thicker stock it works fine. Just remember to use clamping cauls to distribute the pressure evenly.

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#2 posted 06-28-2014 03:55 PM

I build small boxes out of 1/4” stock all the time. I don’t see why you can’t build the lamp that way, too. You’ll just have to be sure to reinforce corners if the lamp ends up heavy. I’m assuming miters for the joints? If the wood grain can take a box joint and not look bad, that would be plenty strong.

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#3 posted 06-29-2014 05:19 PM

Thanks. Someone bought the wood before I did. Poop!!! Time to look for something else.

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