Wood choice advice for a Press-Bed Stopper

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Forum topic by Noam posted 12-11-2017 02:57 PM 542 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2017 02:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood selection white oak breakage advice needed

I volunteer at a printmaking studio, where we have a number of etching presses. My partner and I designed these wooden stoppers to keep the press beds from sliding around when not in use:

I had some scraps of white oak laying about, so that’s what we used. Problem is, they keep breaking. I suppose oak’s straight grain and splitting tendencies are working against us here, since the press bed applies sideways pressure from the inside of the piece.

What might be a better wood to use for a project like this? Thanks.

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#1 posted 12-11-2017 04:15 PM

I would resaw your oak and glue it up as a laminate with the center grain running 90 degrees to the outer pieces. You could use plywood.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 12-11-2017 04:46 PM

Plywood. Or you could try a species that is hard to split. Elm comes to mind. Sugar maple maybe.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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