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Forum topic by plang posted 03-20-2009 04:57 PM 867 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-20-2009 04:57 PM

I am making two boxes from Walnut with a inner lining of Alder. My question is, will these two woods be compatable with just a glue joint or should I use some sort of other way to connect them together to allow for wood movement? The alder is 6X 10 inches and 7/8 inch thick as is the Walnut. Thanks

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#1 posted 03-20-2009 05:22 PM

I guess it sounds like it would work, but that really depends on the type of joint you are using, and in what direction you are gluing the woods together… are is the grain in the same direction?

With dovetails it would definetly work, and did I under stand you want to glue these boards on top of one another? .... probably consider a half blind dovetail joint or else you will see the light redish alder with the through dovetail joint… but that actually might make a great effect. but if you are using 7/8 inch stock double with another 7/8 inch piece, that makes for a really, really, thick box for only 10 inches long…

hope I this was helpful,,


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#2 posted 03-20-2009 05:30 PM

I agree with Waldschrat. I don’t think movement will be an issue, but I don’t know why you would line a 7/8” thick box with 7/8” thick material.

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#3 posted 03-20-2009 05:50 PM

Yes the grain is running in the same direction. As for the thickness of the liner, I did not have away or time to thin out the stock I had so it had to be. The outer dimminsions of the box are much larger then the liner as it is a double box. Thanks again

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#4 posted 03-20-2009 10:15 PM

there is a chart somewhere in this site about wood densities….just make sure both wooods are in the same range of density, if yes, a tight glue joint will be ok

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