STL231: Fancy router tables vs. plywood with a hole in it
Mike and Ben discuss oddball panel glue-up theories, the need for a fancy router table, smooth moves, and Mike's upcoming book.
Let’s say one is making a wider panel or tabletop from solid stock so that a glue-up is required to obtain the necessary width.
When preparing the stock, I know there are valid reasons for ripping the boards into narrower strips. The board might be wider than your jointer, or your stock might be cupped enough that you will end up too thin if you try to remove all the cup at once. Sometimes you see it said that by ripping the stock and flipping every other board over before gluing you will end up with a panel that stays flatter. I don’t like to do it that way because it makes hand planing a pain, but I understand the idea.
But I have also heard it argued that ripping the boards into narrower strips and then gluing them back together in the exact same orientation–no flipping or rearranging–also results in a more stable panel. I don’t think I buy this. I think if you rip a board in half and then glue it back together exactly as it was, that it will still move the same way and amount that it would have if you hadn’t ripped it. But that’s just my opinion and I’d like to hear from the experts!
Thanks for any light you can shed on this. Love the pod and the mag enough to be an unlimited member!
PS: Yes, I’m an engineer
I can’t find the Instagram post we talked about. I’ll keep looking -Ben
Over the last couple of years I’ve been fitting up a 20×24 shop and pretty much have most things I need, but I’ve been on the fence about adding a router table. My space is about the size of Mike’s, and though I’ve got room for a router table, everything is a spatial and tool compromise at this point. For example in the space I’d be putting the table in, could alternatively add more lumber storage or a spindle/disc sander, or a small CNC machine.
I’m curious how others on the show feel about having a dedicated router table and how often they get used.
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Two quick wood questions.
What do you folks think of hickory for a glued up slab 2”x 18”x73” with a 3 ¾-in. wraparound of Ash.I Iive now in North Carolina, used to live in CT, and I am a 74 year old apprentice and will never stop learning.
I was given several “walnut” slabs that I suspect are actually butternut due to the light color and distinctive walnut grain pattern. I planned to use this generous donation to build a shaker style workbench, in the spring. If it’s butternut, would you still use it to build a workbench?
If you have the means, get a 3d printer.
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