Most of today’s lumber you can buy is pretty narrow when you compare it to the stuff pulled out of the virgin forests more than 100 years ago. Entire table tops could be made from one board.
That’s what makes wide boards such as these two 16 ” wide cherry specimens something very special.
When it comes to using them, there are two schools of thought. One is to use the board as is in all its glory. The other us to rip the board into smaller widths and glue it back together to reduce the likelihood of warping.
So, which camp do you fall in to?
3 thoughts on “Quick Poll”
I’ve never had a board wider than about 8″. When the time comes I’ll base my use on the project.
I think you are bound to get warping but dependent on the amount it may add to the design especially if you want to distress the finish. On the other hand using a thin kerf blade the joined edges would look fairly seamless – at least initially.
depends on how the board was cut…….and cured………..quarter sawn,plain sawn etc.