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    If a project calls for wood 11 inches wide. What is the best way to laminate wood together to achieve the desired width. Should you use two 6 inch pieces or three 4 inch or what. Also what is the best way to glue and cut wood. Will the laminated wood effect the scrolling

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    Re: laminating wood

    Laminating wood is a term used with gluing one piece on top of another not side by side. I think you are asking about edge gluing boards to make a wider board. Edge gluing doesn't effect scrollsawing at all if done properly. I don't know how much experience you have or what tools are at your disposal. But, if you have access to a jointer or a table saw with a good rip blade you can join any boards. As far as stability it doesn't matter whether it is 3 4' boards or 2 6' boards. You want 2 perfect edges side by side when gluing. Use a good yellow carpenters glue like Titebond. Spread an even coat on both surfaces. Apply just enough clamping pressure to bring the joints together but not so tight you squeese all the glue out of the joint. Alternate you clamps top and bottom so not to cup wood. Hope this helps. Good luck.
    John T.

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      Re: laminating wood

      David: Everything the clockman said is right on the money with the joiner being the preferred method. But in addition, if you have or have access to a biscuit /plate joiner, I would install a few of them also for a much stronger joint. Remember to alternate the growth rings during glue-up. And if it is an outside project, I would use a polyurethane glue such as Gorilla Glue. Hope this is of some help.

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        The only thing with that last suggestion is if you are going to be scrolling the boards like it seems you suggested you would want to stay away from the biscuits because they will show in the end. Also there will be holes where the biscuits are because the cutter cuts a bigger hole than the biscuits themselves.
        John T.

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        • #5
          Re: laminating wood

          David: The clockman is right. I assumed you were asking because of something other than a scrolling project. The biscuit slots indeed, are longer than the biscuits and you could wind up with some holes where you don't want them to be. Sorry if I lead you astray. :-[

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