Good point. And beyond that, Mahogany is a good choice when dimensional
stability is a concern. What is their price range, though? Teak and
mesquite are even more dimensionally stable than Mahogany, but usually at
quite a relative premium.
Yahbut, there's a wee bit more to it than this. Say one
piece of the samich wants to work against the other, the
board may stay flat, but what if they were both prone to
warp and twist in the same direction(s)? 'Sides, laminating
3/8" pieces in wider panels would be something of a toughie.
I would look hard at a quarter cut wood. Wood Bin has
charts you can consult as do other Googled (key words: wood
You will find that a combination of factors is best, Besides the wood type
and moisture content, careful selection of whichever wood you decide upon
will also help. Selecting wood where the grain is as vertical as possible on
the ends (quarter sawn) will generally give you more stability.
Good point. Also the first coat should probably be shellac. Shellac has
excellent resistance to diffusion to water vapor and so will help prevent
the formation of a moisture gradient in the wood, which can convert
the simple dimensional change that all wood exhibits with changes in
ambient humidity, to warpage.
Most finishes will go over DEWAXED shellac with few or any problems.
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