I was reading Graham Blackburn's book the other day and he was
explaining the technique for cutting flat sawn boards and orienting
them to mimic quarter sawn. As I looked at the diagrams, I
thought/question occurred to me:
We all know that wood expands/contracts ACROSS the grain. That's what
makes wide table tops and the like such a challenge. But what about
turning the boards 90 degrees so that the edge grain is facing up?
Then, if I'm figuring right. wouldn't the movement be in the vertical
dimension and all the boards would move in sympathy?
Specifically, what if I were to take a bunch of 8/4 or 10/4 maple
boards and rip them to 2 1/4" wide lengths, turn them so that they
would be face to face and glued them up as a benchtop? Then the top
(and bottom) surface would be edge grain. The "face grain" (now the
glued surfaces) would be expanding/contracting in the vertical
direction. But how much movement across the width of the benchtop
would there be?
Am I missing something here? Is there a painfully obvious reason one
shouldn't do this? Have others been doing this all along and I just