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post #1 of 3 Old 08-01-2020, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Making wide panels

Hi Guys,
I need to make a 30" wide panel for a desk top. Wondering if its better to use less, or more, boards to accomplish this?

example...
use 5, 6 inch boards
or 3 10 inch boards

Im trying to reduce the amount or warp/crowning that could happen over time.

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post #2 of 3 Old 08-01-2020, 07:56 PM
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easy answer ..... use more narrow boards

BUT, it won't look as good! Look at the end grain on the boards you have. No rainbows please. Look for vertical end grain and most of your cupping issue will go away. Ok, that means quartersawn boards, more expensive, but worth it, totally. another tip/trick is to saw them right down the center and reglue before you even start the top. This will relieve any stress internally and also make for less cupping..... don't know why this works exactly, but it does.


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Thanks, will try the "cut in half" trick!
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