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I am making a guestbook for my wedding out of Black Walnut.

size: not final (as this is the planning stage) but, 12"x 9 1/4"x 3/8"

Problem: I have to find a way to join 3 pieces of 3/8" walnut without losing aesthetics. I am a beginner woodworker, with very few tools (I hope this project will help me get some ).

the main idea for this project is to make sure it lasts, hopefully beyond my lifetime. so it must be hardy joinery (and look good).

after rolling it around, I think I have decided an initial half lap joints between the three main boards (all of which are dark heartwood), then inlay 3 well spaced pieces of the walnut sapwood (for contrasting color) perpendicular to the heartwood grain on the inside of each cover.

here are some pics of my plans and the wood:

http://hardwoodhank.blogspot.com/2012/01/blog-post.html

tell me if you think this will work/last? if not, please suggest. and do you think i should forget the sap wood, and use the same color heartwood for inlays?
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If you are just putting three boards together there is no need for a joint. Just glue them edge to edge. Will last forever as long as ur joints are tight
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If you are just putting three boards together there is no need for a joint. Just glue them edge to edge. Will last forever as long as ur joints are tight

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The inlay that was mentioned for inside the cover would be nice looking. Not necessary for strength.

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thanks guys

Cool. so i can just forget the half lap (thank god, that was going to be tricky around the inlay). but i do think i ultimately like the inlay too. now i can make sure it the right kind of wood for the inlay.
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Cool. so i can just forget the half lap (thank god, that was going to be tricky around the inlay). but i do think i ultimately like the inlay too. now i can make sure it the right kind of wood for the inlay.
I agree with just edge gluing. I would alternate the grain on the center section. Inlaying a strip may release stresses in the glued pieces for the inlay enabling cupping.






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looking at your drawing this does not look that hard.
if you do the half lap just run it thru a table saw with a dado and the inlay with a router.
do you have the tools?
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Thanks everyone, after your consultations, I have decided to just glue them edge to edge, and inlay my lady's and my initials on the inside front cover. I dont know which kind of wood yet, but ill get some new drawings up and post the pictures properly on this thread. Davesplane, I have a few tools, just not all that I need. Im thinking I will see if the college I'm going to will let me use theirs. I have the router, and a radial arm saw (that I'm repairing). so mostly I just gotta find a planer and jointer. possibly a band saw. we'll see after i plane my wood down.
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