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What is the benefit to gluing boards together instead of buying a thicker board?

Why go through with all the hassle of combining two slim boards, and not just purchase and use a thicker 2x4? Cost Wood of smaller dimensions can be cheaper, cheap enough that two smaller pieces can ...
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Filling gaps/seams in a new cherry tabletop

This was then glued onto a plywood top. This isn't what you asked about but you might want to stop right there. You will likely run into problems if you glued solid wood firmly to a dimensionally ...
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Laminating 2" red oak to make 4x4s?

Is there any problem or surprise waiting for me if I laminate the boards in this way? Not if you glue them together properly, no. Properly here means well-jointed faces on both pieces (flat and ...
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How to make round walls with big radius

Laminate from veneers that are thin enough to bend the radius cold Solid wood kerfed on the inside face Steam bent solid wood But my best bet looking at the style of that piece would be many partial ...
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What is the benefit to gluing boards together instead of buying a thicker board?

Wood has a tendency to warp. Depending upon the orientation of the grain in individual boards it can do so in a variety of ways (see an answer to this question for a picture of some of the ways. The ...
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Attach fastener into glue joint of two face-glued boards

If the two boards are fully glued, they will act as a single unit and will not affect the strength of the screw connection, so go ahead. On the other hand, a glued (mortise & tenon) connection ...
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Steaming and laminating for basket/carrier handle

Your plan is reasonable. I have made many components for baskets by steam bending relatively thin slats, then glue laminating them together to get thicker, curved and very stiff pieces. I would ...
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How big hole can I drill in edge of plywood?

As I was reading this I was thinking there is nothing wrong with doing this, a 3/4" dowel should be able to be drilled and glued in with no problems. Then I read the part about being the back of ...
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Acceptable wood moisture content for epoxy?

I called System Three and they were very helpful - they strongly recommended only epoxying wood that's reached it's equilibrium moisture content and not in any environment where it could be exposed to ...
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Building a Dimensionally Stable Panel Using MDF and Plywood

Are you going to be in an environment with large fluctuations of humidity and temperature, perhaps outside the range of comfortable human habitation? This is just a gut feeling, based on secondary ...
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Attach fastener into glue joint of two face-glued boards

I could use a 2x3 or 2x4, but am wondering if I could create the larger piece by gluing two or more smaller boards together as that would be cheaper This is a good and economical way of making up ...
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Filling gaps/seams in a new cherry tabletop

Depending on the size and how many gaps you have, you could try a Dutchman or Butterfly patch.
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What are my options when laminating wood with butt joints?

One sure way to join end-to-end pieces in a lamination is to use scarf joints (also called scarph joints). source You can readily cut the joints by making tapered cuts on your table saw by using a ...
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How big hole can I drill in edge of plywood?

Is it feasible to drill into the edge of glued-together plywood like this? Yes. Just a note for future readers: this is not a universal yes for all plywood, because of the limitations of some ...
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What are my options when laminating wood with butt joints?

If you offset the places where each layer of laminate butts together -- like a "running bond" in brickwork -- you can distribute the weakness of the butt joints across the piece. Ideally no two of ...
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What are my options when laminating wood with butt joints?

Rather than simply butting the joints, try to lap the ends of connecting boards by cutting the ends on a steep bevel or creating a lap joint. A table saw can get you up to 45 degrees where the angled ...
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Filling gaps/seams in a new cherry tabletop

You could use come CA-glue and a cherry sawdust to fill gaps
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Do I need to laminate both sides of plywood or can I coat one side and laminate the other

Part of the answer depends upon the size of the piece, its thickness, and possibly the number of layers in the panel. I do not know any hard and fast rules for making a determination but here are ...
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How to fix splitting laminated wood piece?

Your best bet would be to see if you can rough up the surface inside with a very thin file, and then apply some wood glue between the layers. Then, clamp the hell out of it and give it a day to cure. ...
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What are my options when laminating wood with butt joints?

I was going to tack this on the end but I think I should start with it since it may supersede all the below. Re. the warped boards, because of the great strength and stability of the completed glued-...
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Laminating Boards For loft Leg

To answer the first part of your question, the glue adhesion should be more than adequate to handle the weight from the 2x6. This is both because the glue is more than strong enough to bind the four ...
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How flat is flat enough when laminating boards?

The question is, how flat do I need the glued faces to be? Since you're joining face to face pretty flat is good enough. If you were joining edge to edge it would be more critical, because boards ...
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Laminating a long beam for strength

I just looked at my building code span tables for Glue-Laminated beams (I work at a Architectural/Structural Engineering Firm in Ontario, Canada) and The best options for a 16' beam spanning 14' is 2 ...
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Laminating a long beam for strength

EDIT: I reran the sagulator and found an error in my input (first sentence in italics is in error). The deflection is only 1/4". However, I believe the discussion of the dynamic nature of the ...
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What glue can I use to glue phenolic plywood to phenolic plywood, and laminate to phenolic plywood?

Contact adhesive is generally what you'd use in a home workshop environment to glue high-pressure laminate to any substrate, and it will work here too. The bond may not be super durable, but this is ...
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Steaming and laminating for basket/carrier handle

Following the ideas from @Walnut Close and others, I made a sled for my jointer, made three slices of ash, each arond 3-4 mm (1/8") and set up a jig using some water safe plywood I had sitting in ...
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Strategy for making faux double thick topper

The "best" way is entirely up to you, but here are some things to consider mostly as frame challenges to your plan. Plywood, of any grade or quality, is usually edge banded to hide the plys ...
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What glue can I use to glue phenolic plywood to phenolic plywood, and laminate to phenolic plywood?

After a brief internet search to determine what "phenolic plywood" actually is, I turned up this: Phenolic plywood is somewhat of a misnomer as it should more realistically be called “...
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Laminating Small Wooden Objects Together

You may consider making a clamping jig to hold the parts in alignment while the glue dries under clamp pressure. Start with a thick piece of stock, maybe 3/4" plywood, or a piece of 2x4* Draw the ...
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