I will be building four "step stools" for my wife to give for presents this
winter. She will be painting each stool and placing creative stencils on
each stool based on who will receive the stool. Since she is painting the
stools, I chose popular for the wood. The boards are S4S - 4" x 3/4" - got
from the local Home Depot. In keeping with the proto type, I would like the
stock to be 5/8" thick. I have access to a 36" planer and could either glue
up the 15" x 17" "panels"(read sides) and run them through the planer or
could cut each board to length, run them through the joiner, then planer,
and then glue up. My question is: Which is better OR is there a difference
and any knowledge associated with it. Thanks in advance.
> In keeping with the proto type, I would like the
You'd be best off to joint, square and plane your stock before gluing up
the panels. You'll get tighter and more consistent joints, and you won't
have to plane as much off this way. Check out this web page to get an
idea why this is the case:
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Gluing stock which is a bit over thickness can compensate for a bit of
misalignment as it is planed to final. The OP will have to determine if his
stock is ready for gluing as purchased. I would rather glue up the stock
which will be crosscut to become panels rather than plane short pieces.
You need one flat face and one square edge on each board for a glue-up.
Anything more, like parallel sides or faces is gravy.
If you're gluing up more than two boards side-by-side to make a panel, all of
the inner boards need *both* edges square, straight, and parallel.
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I would plane them to thickness first, cut to length, joint the edges and
then glue up. The reason I would not glue up first and then send it through
a planer is you will likely get tearout from the grain going in different
directions on different boards.
Since you have access to a wide planer, and you're only going to take
off 1/8", I would glue up first, then plane to thickness. As Frank
said, you may have tearout issues if the grain is going in different
directions (altho poplar's not too prone to that), but since you're
taking so little off, you can take several very thin passes to
minimize the risk of tearout.
Thank you for all the help. I read this NG every morning before work and as
usual I have learned something. When I finish on of the step stools I will
post a pic on ABPW. Thanks again for the guidance.
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