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About laminating wood pieces together

Hello, everyone, I have a project that can be best described as combining pieces of wood cut like two-by-fours, I will bundle them together with adhesives to form a larger column.

I think this is pretty basic but just to be on the safe side, since I am doing this for the first time, can anyone give some basic pointers on this operation? Some thing to watch out for maybe?

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What kind of wood, how long, interior or exterior, what is the intended size, will it be covered, is it structural, are you using fasteners, will it be stained, painted?
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What kind of wood, how long, interior or exterior, what is the intended size, will it be covered, is it structural, are you using fasteners, will it be stained, painted?
Black Walnut, length varies from 8"-24", interior display, the finalized bundle will likely be around 24"H X 6"W X 5"D, but picture a somewhat non-uniformly shaped column, as it will be intentionally constructed so by bundling wood pieces of various lengths, the randomness is desired. The final column will be used to support a very small and light sculpture, its weight is insignificant, (0.5 lb maybe?). I don't plan to used any means other than glue to bind these wood pieces together and intend to sand the final surface of the column to 320 then apply tung oil finish.

I hope I've explained this well enough as it is kind of an atypical woodworking design, and thanks for replying!
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Basic operation would be to run the face or the edge (whichever youre gluing) over the jointer to ensure a perfectly flat glue line. Spread glue (I use a very liberal amount) and clamp. They say you can remove the clamps after about 30 min, but i usually leave them on longer to be safe. Dont stress the joint for 24 hrs though.

I've also used a glue line rip blade on my table saw to glue up a table top before I had my jointer. That worked pretty well also.

Some people use biscuits, dowels, etc to maintain alignment. For me, thats more trouble than its worth. I clamp cauls perpendicular to the glue line to maintain alignment.

There are lots of site and youtube videos too. Google "how to glue up a table top"

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