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Forum topic by Keith Kelly posted 09-29-2014 01:37 PM 693 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Keith Kelly

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09-29-2014 01:37 PM

I’m about to start a basement-cabinet project – lots of raised panel doors. I have TONS of Sassafras that I’d love to use for this. A good deal of it is thin (1/2”) but nice and wide (8-10”). I’m trying to figure out how I can use up some of this thin stuff, as it also has some sweet character.

Can I face glue two of the 1/2” pieces together to make 1”, that I can then plane down to 3/4”?

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


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JADobson

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#1 posted 09-29-2014 01:48 PM

I’ve never done it with sassafras but use the technique regularly. Just use lots of clamps and make sure you have a thin coat of glue over the entire piece.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany

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#2 posted 09-29-2014 01:51 PM

ok that makes sense, thanks!

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

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#3 posted 09-29-2014 02:54 PM

It will work fine. be sure to give some thought about how you will do the panel raising, you don’t want a glue seam to go around in the middle of the raise. It might not be visible, but then again, it might. But if you plane just one side to get down to 1/4”, that would put the seam 1/4” from what should be the back edge….that should hide it.

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#4 posted 09-29-2014 03:58 PM

I should also add that if you are doing larger panels (I usually just do this to make legs) you should use cauls to keep clamping pressure across the whole panel.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany

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#5 posted 09-29-2014 04:00 PM

good advice. Thanks again.

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

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#6 posted 09-29-2014 05:18 PM

I have little experience doing what you propose but I would expect you would want to orient the end grain so the oppose each other. This )( instead of this (( .

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#7 posted 09-29-2014 07:13 PM

I would use the half inch sassafras for the raised panels and something else for the frames, like cherry. Gluing them together and then planing them down is going to be a lot of extra work.

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#8 posted 09-30-2014 03:56 AM

Ahh I guess the raised panel portion doesn’t need to be 3/4, that would make sense.

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

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