Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Rocky Mountains, USA
Oh ok, Steve, thanks for the clarification.
I've certainly seen plenty of laminated work in old furniture, and even more in old boats, but I've also seen plenty of turned elements in both furniture and architecture which were from solid stock, especially in oak and even more especially in historic church work.
It's entirely possible that the original piece split off at a historic glue joint (hide glue, I'd bet, if that's the case) but I can't tell for sure from the photo. I've also seen oak (and mahogany) split off like that by reason of poorly thought-out grain orientation in the original work.
Not all old cabinetwork and furniture making was good quality, even as it's often today held in high esteem. That table leg in your photo can serve as a case in point, as an example of clumsy and visually discordant grain alignment.
Anyway, it's the OP's call, and to be honest, laminating the stock would add labor and increase the price per piece without a doubt, even taking into account that 4/4 is cheaper by the bf than 12/4.
Last edited by 9thousandfeet; 03-09-2017 at 11:23 PM.