Laminating for thickness

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    ehisey
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    Locally (as in with in a 2hr drive) the only sawmill quality lumber I can find is in 1″ thickness, 15/16ths are skip planing. What is the general opinion on laminating wood to get needed thickness for things like chair and table legs?

    Tuscloosa, Alabama
    Lung T'an Hu Huesh Kung-fu Woodshop

    • This topic was modified 6 years, 4 months ago by ehisey.
    #138537
    chemical_cake
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    It’s done all the time in industrially produced furniture, but it can look a bit crap if it’s done without any care or thought.

    Matt

    Southampton, UK

    #138542
    bobleistner
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    Study the Arts and Crafts furniture. Many pieces have legs mitered in all four sides to get the quartersawn appearance on all sides. Some legs are hollow and some have a small square piece of stock inside to strengthen the leg. With this approach, a three inch square leg could be made from even half inch material. Same with fireplace mantels, most are hollow , but appear to be inches thick. Torsion box construction is another example. Yes, you can make one inch stock do anything you want. Bob L.

    #138702
    ehisey
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    Looks like the general opinion is pretty much do it carefully so it does not look like garbage, but otherwise it is a sound approach for proper thickness stock.

    I had kinda of expected warnings about weakness at the lamination seams. I now feel a bit more comfortable starting the chair projects.

    Tuscloosa, Alabama
    Lung T'an Hu Huesh Kung-fu Woodshop

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