Last week I posted a question about 7/4 oak for a table and set of chairs I am making
( I ended up face gluing for the required
thickness). I will complete the assembly of the chairs tonight, then move on to the
The question is whether it would be better to glue up in 6" widths or rip down to 3"
for the table top. The top will be 48"
Basically your preference. IME, boards of uneven width look the best in a
wide glueups and I'll often just cut random widths that make for a better
You might also want to consider glue up in widths that will fit though your
planer, instead of doing the whole enchilada as one large piece. Then glue
those up to finish the job. You will generally have less scraping to do and
end up with a more level surface.
How did your chairs turn out? Did you use plans?
I have a 13" (DW735) planer, so that's 4 12" sections. My brother has a 24" planer,
2 pieces, which makes sense since I will, in
the end, be cutting it in half to allow for additional leaves. My local hardwood
supplier has a 48" wide bely sander as another
option. My biggest concern was warping and twisting.
I have 3 of 6 completely assembled and they look pretty good. SHMBO seems extremely
pleased so far and since they will be one of
her xmas presents, that's a good thing! I drew up my own plans based on pictures
and descriptions provided by SHMBO.
Tonight's work is to complete the assembly of the remaining three and to start the
glu-ups for the table top.
Four sections will leave you with three glue joints to scrape and level, two
with only one. I have a 13" planer, so usually go with the former, but it
beats the hell outta six or eight.
As long as you've selected your wood properly, you shouldn't have a problem
with warping and twisting with the widths you're talking about. I do like
random widths, though.
I've got to start on a set of 8 fairly soon, but I am going to be copying a
chair with a lot of leg angles and apron angles, so it's jig time, big time,
for me. Wish I could just go out and buy the big Leigh Mortise and Tenon jig
for this project, but the wood costs are just too high to do both at this
time of year with a kid in college and property tax time looming.
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