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#1 posted 11-27-2018 05:35 PM

The stock is from a local sawmill that “rescues” wood from land clearing operations and hurricane damage. I glued up “scraps” to make the 10”x 14” panels. They are a shade under 3/4”. I was thinking of planing them a little every 2 or 3 day until I reach the desired thickness. This would let the wood move in stages with the end result, hopefully, being a flat and stable panel. Am I pushing rope up a hill? I can switch to white oak plywood for the panels but the customer (wife) really likes the look of the live oak. I have to admit the grain patterns are pretty nice.
I appreciate everyone s help.

- Sludgeguy

I’d say it’s worth a try. I glued up similar size panels out of 1/2” Spanish cedar (re-sawed from 4/4) for humidors and planed them down to 1/4” and I’ve had no problems. I didn’t worry about planing over the course of a few days. Not sure whether that was right or not, but it didn’t cause an issue. I can’t imagine you’d see much cupping/twisting over such a small panel. And I suspect any small amount of deflection will be addressed by being held in the rails/stiles. Just have to be extra cautious about your glue lines, making sure it’s evenly spread over the entire surface and you don’t get too much squeeze-out as to create voids. Miss a 1/4” in a spot on a 3/4” panel and it’s probably not an issue. But if that void is included in your final 3/8” panel it could be a problem.

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