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Blog entry by bsilverman posted 11-11-2012 07:48 PM 5771 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been salvaging wood from my job sites. The latest was some cedar cut offs, so decided to cut them into very thin slabs of about 1/4 and see what i could make. So far i have made a tray to contain silver ware in the silverware drawer and a large tray for the other utensils in that drawer and a pencil box.

I am thinking of making larger items so have been joining the pieces which measure about 2 1/2 X 15 X 1/4” to make larger pc of about 15 X 15 X 1/4. Joining these pc’s has been a challenge. I currently have one such pc and have it inside so the glue will dry. It’s laying on a glass table and i notice that every hour or so it starts to bow. I turn it over and after a time it starts again. This morning i got up and the whole pc was bowed. It doesnt take much weight to flattened it again. I dont how long it will do this, probably till i made something out of it.

The first challenge tho is that the pieces just wont join evenly. That is, when i glue them along the 1/4 edge, side by side, then clamp them and weight them down on a flat surface, they simply dont line up nicely although they appear to during the glue up. Keep in mind i have run them thru a thickness planner several times before hand, so they are the same thickness.

I have read the articles for joining thin pc’s, for making guitar’s. They are using different wood of course but the principles should be the same.

I will keep trying and in the meantime have more sanding to do than i would like.

Oh, by accident i made a toy for my son. I had cut a grove down the length of a 1” x 3/4 inch pc of stock so i could fit the 1/4 inch slabs into it. He seen me do that and has been playing with it every since. He has several pc of stock with the groove each about 6” long and several slabs. He put the slabs in the groove and then takes them out again and again. Sometimes they get stuck and he needs help to get them out. This seems to be his main toy right now. He turns 2 this month. Sometimes he just pounds them together because it makes a lot of noise.

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#1 posted 11-19-2012 12:54 AM

Today i made a box from some panels i made up using the 1/4 slats i cut from so scrap cedar.

The largest box i could make with the panels i had glued up was 18 X 10×8. I cut all the pc’s then recut them with 45 deg edges all around. Then i used the tape and glue method to assemble the box. The cuts turned out pretty well this time and it all squared up pretty good. I didnt leave an opening in the box and intend to cut out one side later, once it dries well.

Basically this is an experiment for a larger project i have in mind. I have a zero budget for this project and until i am very confident in my ability to repeat this exercise, will try not to purchase anything besides glue.

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#2 posted 11-20-2012 04:37 PM

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