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Forum topic by DonJ posted 03-07-2009 05:26 AM 717 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2009 05:26 AM

I recently purchased a nice slab of figured Claro Walnut. I’m going to resaw one slab off of it for a jewlery box top. My question is: Would it work to resaw maybe an eigth of an inch and then glue it to a slab of regular walnut? From there I would make it a raised panel, so I would hope, using dark Titebond, one wouldn’t see the seam. Would there be any wood movement issues since I’m using like wood (sort of)? Obviously, I’m trying to get more use of my slab of wood. Good or bad idea? Thanks,

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#1 posted 03-07-2009 08:35 PM

Don, I don’t see a problem with wood movement as long as the grain goes the same direction. However, you need to laminate the back as well to balance the panel. When you route the raised panel you will clearly see a difference in material between the regular walnut and the claro. There won’t be any figure in the routed part and will look “veneered”. Although it may look fine if your raised panel bit has a “step up” at the top of the detail like this one:
You may also find that you need to plane your walnut down to 1/2” in order to veneer the 1/8” on the front and back, making a standard 3/4” panel. If you don’t veneer the back, and only veneer the front it will cup. In my opinion the project would look great if you resawed the claro to 1/4” and had flat panel doors. It will put the attention on the material and not distract with to many details. You could also ad a panel moulding around the panel to add some detail. Just giving some ideas. Good luck and I hope this helped. Don’t forget to post your completed project ;-)

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