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Forum topic by skidiot posted 09-27-2018 03:42 PM 582 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-27-2018 03:42 PM

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Hi all, Today i was resawing a really nasty chunk of wood. Any sane person would have tossed in the burner. No, not me. When I got in the middle I found this spectacular feathering. They are 8 1/4” X 3 1/8” Here are my questions. What is the best way to stabilize the cracks? Also they are about 11/32” thick. Should I attempt to resaw them again for veneers? I have a Resaw King blade, so Im confident it can be done. I have more of the slab to resaw yet, so I will get a couple more, although the figuring is fading as I go through it. I have no idea what I am going to do with them.

-- skidiot northern illinois

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#1 posted 09-27-2018 05:11 PM

It might make some really nice looking knife handles.

-- Steve

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#2 posted 09-27-2018 05:19 PM

What to do with them? Send them to me ;). Use them in a frame and panel cabinet door, a small box lid, lot of uses for stuff like that. Here is a cherry medicine cabinet where I used some special quilted maple in a frame and panel door.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 09-27-2018 05:30 PM

no need to rush it,if that project isnt here now put them away until the time is right.i have had wood stored for years until one day i found the use.i have many orphans waiting for a home right now-lol.

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#4 posted 09-27-2018 05:59 PM

Looks Vertebral, but way too many spines for human. Makes an incredible effect, and if I had them I would resaw for veneer, hopefully you can keep it true. I would use them as you have them right there as door panels. You certainly have one set of small doors, or a book match on a bigger single door.

For that kind of wood I would scale the project to the wood, rather than the other way. On the other slices have you wet them? Sometimes it’s still there, just faint compared to the rest, but once wet it will pop it out.

I can’t see cracks that are HUGE with the pics. Repairing them has a lot to do with thickness. If it were 4/4 or thicker then glues, epoxies, and hard fixes like bow ties are the norm. If you make it veneer I’ve seen a lot of what looked pretty ragged to me get laid down, and moved about to perfection by a few people, using hammer veneering, and hide glue. Usually you soften the veneer, allow it to slightly dry, tape the edges to get the pieces you want aligned, Tape is also used on ragged edges to help keep it together. It cannot however do anything for missing material, so if it’s gone, your best move is to cut back the piece, until you have all the material width available to use. I’m not a bag veneer or cold press guy, someone who either presses, or bag veneers will have to weigh in on thoughts there.

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#5 posted 09-29-2018 09:50 PM

I would use it for panels on a hanging cabinet and not even consider machining them any more. For sure I would not waste them on knife scales.

-- Dale

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