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Panel Glue up Question

In general, panel glue-up requires accurate square faces on the boards being glued. However, not all is lost. One possibility is that your combination square is not perfectly square. To try and ...
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Using thick branches to make an end-grain cutting board?

I've read about branches having internal stresses and twisting/warping. The main reason not to use wood from branches normally is that it's full of reaction wood, wood that has internal stress from ...
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Strength of board from squared branches as opposed to trunk wood

In basic outline there's no real problem with what you want to do, after all these days many panels are made in somewhat this way, except that the wood is from branches. Branch wood, unlike the ...
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How much extra thickness should I leave when rough milling green boards?

If you've got a lot to spare, then overdo it. Curves, twists, warps etc will always kill your yield. Flatsawn is apt to be less stable (esp with respect to cupping) than quartersawn. The milling ...
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Should I “un-dry” wood for a while after oven drying?

My question is: After I do this but before I plane the boards, should I leave them sit out in the open air (maybe a week or two) to reabsorb moisture from the air? I think it's certainly advisable, ...
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Best way to cut a thin board that resists warping

Are you familiar with how the wood fibers are aligned in a tree? They (mostly) run from top to bottom and are bonded together with lignin. If you used the 'B' method the wood fibers would be running ...
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Using thick branches to make an end-grain cutting board?

Interesting idea; it never occurred to me. I have a few narrow branches that I thought weren't going to be usable for much more than veneer, but using your approach if I can get a few 1"x1" cross-...
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How much extra thickness should I leave when rough milling green boards?

I believe there is just no easy "rule of thumb" when deciding what thicknesses to cut green lumber in an attempt to obtain a certain machined dry lumber thickness, without a lot of waste. Many ...
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Preparing lumber by splitting verses cutting

if I want to reduce this to file handle size, would I do better to try to square it off with my 10" table saw or try to split vaguely square pieces and round them off for final use? I'm sure it ...
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Preparing lumber by splitting verses cutting

If your firewood is odd-shaped (i.e. little in the way of flat sides) and/or wet, cutting it on a table saw can be quite risky. It can bind and kick back. The ease of splitting will depend on whether ...
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Preparing lumber by splitting verses cutting

I have a somewhat similar experience with a fallen cherry tree that I've been trying to mill into usable lumber (with limited tools). I have found that cherry splits very unpredictably, which causes ...
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Strength of board from squared branches as opposed to trunk wood

Structural lumber has continuous, well connected fibers running through the entire length of the board. Cutting those cells into 30cm/11" segments will significantly decrease the overall strength of ...
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Best way to source a lot of sub-1× lumber

"Best way" is very dependent on several different things. Your location is a big one, because that could put you very close or very far from a good source of the lumber needed. What kinds of tools ...
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Woodmizer LT40 - smallest diameter of log?

This may be obvious but the larger the log the more usable lumber returned. Since the lumber should be sawn to avoid capturing the pith that will limit log size somewhat. Time is the main factor. ...
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Panel Glue up Question

To get a flat panel, you usually need to start by jointing the glued edges to be extremely straight and perpendicular to the reference face of each board, and then plan on planing, scraping, and-or ...
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