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Forum topic by Keith Kelly posted 08-08-2014 02:39 AM 1164 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Keith Kelly

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08-08-2014 02:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wood movement

I’ve been doing some googling, and it seems that gluing up different species of wood is a bad idea due to differences in wood movement.

However, I saw a post on here a few months ago (can’t find it now!) where a guy made a real impressive bartop by joining Cherry, Maple, and Walnut. Nobody seemed to give him grief about joining the different species.

I’d like to build a coffee table, and am a sucker for the contrast between walnut & maple. What are some precautions I ought to take when gluing these up and preparing for the project?

-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri, http://www.SquareOneWoodworks.com


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Manitario

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#1 posted 08-08-2014 02:55 AM

no worries joining maple and walnut, it is a match made in wood heaven, and done all the time.

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

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#2 posted 08-08-2014 03:04 AM



no worries joining maple and walnut, it is a match made in wood heaven, and done all the time.

- Manitario

Great news. Is Cherry also a reasonable match with Maple & Walnut?

-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri, http://www.SquareOneWoodworks.com

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#3 posted 08-08-2014 11:37 AM

Agreed. I don’t see any issues. I think cherry would go well with them as well. Americans have been using that trio for a long time with good results.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#4 posted 08-08-2014 12:38 PM

I can’t imagine why gluing up different woods in a panel could cause a problem. Even if part of it expands and contracts a bit more than its neighbors it’ll only do so across its width, causing the panel as a whole to move. I can see how it might be an issue in a butcherblock-style glue-up. If you made a solid box out of very different species it could pull apart the dovetails or boxjoint at the corner. But (unless I’m missing something) it wouldn’t be a concern at all in a panel glueup with long-grain to long-grain joints.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#5 posted 08-08-2014 12:47 PM

There really is no problem joining different species of wood as long as you glue long grain to long grain. Wood doesn’t move lengthwise.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 08-08-2014 01:29 PM

Those two don’t move much at all relative to each other. Gluing balsa to ipe might pose a few problems.

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#7 posted 08-09-2014 03:30 AM



Those two don t move much at all relative to each other. Gluing balsa to ipe might pose a few problems.

- bigblockyeti


lol, my next table will be balsa and ipe…

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

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