I did an earlier post with this question which got no replies. As this group
is usually excellent at providing help, I thought my earlier subject line
might have been confusing so I will try one more time. If you read the first
post and couldn't help and are now reading this one, I apologize for posting
I would like to make a decorative tapestry hanger in the form of a dowel. I
have mahogany but I want to make a laminate with a dark wood in the center
so that I end up with a mahogany dowel with a dark stripe in
it. Can anyone recommend a resource I can use to learn what compatible dark
wood I can
glue up with mahogany so that the dowel won't split later? I'm not sure if I
should be looking at shrinkage characteristics of the two woods and if so,
just how close do the shrinkage charteristics of the mahogany and the darker
wood have to be to each other?
mahogany is an imprecise term. there are a gajillion woods called
mahogany, ranging from stuff the color of white pine to stuff as dark
as black walnut. since you want a dark stripe in the middle of your
mahogany, I'll assume you have one of the lighter varieties. those are
generally pretty soft lauan type woods from the asian tropics.
since the center dark stripe is sandwiched by 2 layers of lighter
woods, it has balanced forces. this is a pretty forgiving arrangement.
you can pretty much use whatever you want or can afford.
the biggest thing you can do to avoid warping after glueup is store
the woods together for a couple of weeks before you proceed.
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