Can I laminate pieces together for thicker stock?

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    kevinjames
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    I’m going to start the coffee table project and am having a hard time finding the 2 1/4 inch square stock for the legs. Has anyone had any experience with laminating a couple of pieces together to get the required thickness? Not sure if that’s a no no or not. Any advice would be awesome.

    Thanks
    Kevin

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    jude
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    @jude

    I haven’t done laminations for the coffee table, but I have done one for my workbench like in Paul’s videos and it works just fine.

    If you look for a newel post or a 4×4 hardwood post in a store, you might see that they are laminated typically.

    The one thing to watch out for is matching up the grain so that it looks nice. If you use all straight grain it would look OK. I usually paint things so it doesn’t bother me how the wood looks.

    FYI: Sometimes people make furniture in the Stickley style by laminating a quarter-sawn veneer to a thinner center square stock. If you could find something 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 and glued a 3/8 veneer to each side you’d end up with a 2-1/4 leg.

    judekenny.wordpress.com

    Near Chicago, USA

    #130210
    dborn
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    @dborn

    Kevin, where do you live? I live in the suburbs of Chicago and I found 10/4 cherry lumber on ebay for a reasonable price. I think $5-6 USD a board foot shipped .

    I think, even though lamination look decent when done correctly, you might find for a little extra money it might be worth get thicker stock. Especially since it is a one time cost.

    Also, In the USA we have several reputable online suppliers. I have bought lumber from Bell Forrest and have been pleased with their service.
    http://www.bellforestproducts.com/exotic-lumber/

    #130212
    kevinjames
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    @kevinjames

    @dborn
    I live in Southern California, thank you for the recommendation. I’ll check them out.

    @jude
    Thank you for the advice. My wife wants me to paint the base a cream color so this might be an option if I can’t get something else thicker.

    Thanks for the input
    Kevin

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    dborn
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    @dborn

    @kevinjames

    Woodworkers Source is in Arizona. I have not ordered from there, because shipping is more expensive East of the Mississippi. But I’m sure they will have what you need.

    http://www.woodworkerssource.com/

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    jakegevorgian
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    @jakegevorgian

    I usually get the thick stock lumber from Bahnhoff Lumber in Los Angeles http://bohnhofflumber.com/pages/lumber (this may be helpful to you since you’re in SoCal.) As for the lamination, as Jude said, matching grain and playing with the grain to achieve an interesting effect works well too. It works for me.

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