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Forum topic by MT_Stringer posted 02-02-2015 08:51 PM 710 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MT_Stringer

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02-02-2015 08:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question alder maple pine birch planer miter saw tablesaw sander jointer clamp joining milling

So there I was, sitting at the dining room table. I was looking at the table top and I see it is made from pieces of uneven lengths of wood about 2 – 2 1/2 inches wide. The ends are simple but joints. It does look good, and if you don’t pay close attention, you really won’t know it, or care for that matter. The pattern sorta resembles the pattern you might see on a hardwood floor.

That got me to thinking. I have a fair amount of various off cuts in my lumber rack. The species are mostly poplar, maple, birch, knotty alder, and some white pine. The widths also vary from 1 1/4 up to 11 1/4 inches for the white pine. Most of it is less than 5 1/2 inches. Some pieces are 16 inches or less in length up to about 4 feet.

Have any of you glued up panels from narrow, and uneven, lengths with but joints?

My thoughts are to use this stuff to make up drawer stock which I can use in projects around the house. In fact, I have a project I am drawing up that will have two drawers and a pullout tray. If I can find enough stock, that would save a few bucks at the hardwood dealer. Since I have been making my drawers 5/8 inch thick, starting off with 3/4 inch stock would not be a problem. The finish will be simply a clear finish sprayed on the assembled drawers.

Hey, I am retired. The kitchen remodel is behind me so I have time to play around. :-)

My tool check list:

  • Table saw – yep
  • Miter Saw – yep
  • Jointer – yeo
  • Planer – yep
  • Glue and clamps – yep

Thanks
Mike

Here is my next project. It is an end table that will fit in the fairly large opening between the couch and love seat. Currently, there is a small end table and a folding tray to lay stuff on. I am going to remedy that in short order! :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas


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Ripthorn

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#1 posted 02-02-2015 09:00 PM

A lot of those glue ups are actually not butt joints, but rather they are finger joints on the thickness. I think doing something like that would be fine, but I personally won’t do it just due to the types of projects I make.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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johnhutchinson

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#2 posted 02-02-2015 09:10 PM

Why not? Go for it !!!

But in my world, those are HUGE pieces of lumber. :)

Nice drawings, by the way. SketchUp?

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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bondogaposis

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#3 posted 02-02-2015 10:33 PM

It will take a lot of time, but certainly doable. I would make a melamine clamping jig to help with alignment., you are going to have to clamp length wise as well as width wise.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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MT_Stringer

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#4 posted 02-03-2015 12:20 AM

Thanks John.

“It will take a lot of time, but certainly doable. I would make a melamine clamping jig to help with alignment., you are going to have to clamp length wise as well as width wise.”

I have the time. That is not a problem. Hmmm, it just so happens I have some melamine I can use. Thanks for the suggestion. Clamps? I have a of of those. I will post some pics of the process.

Note: I double checked the table. Definitely butt joints above and below. I really don’t see a problem. And if it is, I’ll remake them! :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#5 posted 02-03-2015 12:28 AM

Forget the glue-ups. Be one with your scraps. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 02-03-2015 12:58 AM

I made our king sized headboard from random length scraps of wood that had sentimental value to me and my wife. Liked it so well that I made three benches to match!Click for details

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 02-03-2015 01:19 AM

I just posted a box joint jig that is pretty easy to make. If you have a dado set it’s really easy. Check William ng’s box joint video. I just did what he did but made a small dedicated sled that works like a champ.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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MT_Stringer

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#8 posted 02-03-2015 02:09 AM



I just posted a box joint jig that is pretty easy to make. If you have a dado set it s really easy. Check William ng s box joint video. I just did what he did but made a small dedicated sled that works like a champ.

- TheFridge

Thanks for the idea. I have a box joint jig, but don’t plan to use it. Just clean cuts, a little glue/clamping and then they will be ready for the planer.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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