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6552RE: [MedievalSawdust] Grain in joints and finishing questions

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  • Chuck Phillips
    Jul 1 6:53 AM

      You're absolutely correct. Teach me to go spouting off in the wee hours
      of the night. This would explain why every example of a six-board I can
      recall has the grain oriented vertically on the ends.

      I suspect that the reasoning people are using for the original
      recommendation is the differential expansion argument. A six-board is a
      special case where other considerations override - Short grain failure
      is much more likely than joint bond failure. We are still left with the
      issue of placing end grain directly on the ground, which will eventually
      lead to rot if there is any moisture. Adding some feet will help here,
      at the cost of making the chest something other than a true six-board...

      Charles Joiner
      Rambling, running on 4 hours sleep.

      -----Original Message-----
      From: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
      [mailto:medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Conal O'hAirt Jim
      Sent: Saturday, July 01, 2006 5:56 AM
      To: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [MedievalSawdust] Grain in joints and finishing questions

      --- Chuck Phillips <chuck@...> wrote:

      > I'll pick up this gauntlet. (Why am I still awake?
      > I have to be at a
      > client in 9 hours!)
      > Regarding question #1: Grain orientation matters
      > for a number of
      > reasons. Visually, it is more pleasant to have
      > continuous lines
      > wrapping around the sides. This is more noticeable
      > in a slab-sided
      > piece like a six-board chest, less so in frame and
      > panel construction.

      in a six board chest the sides and the ends
      SHOULD have the grain running in different
      directions.... 'cause of the 'feet' on the ends
      ( a drawing would better illustrate )

      Running the grain the same as the sides would make
      the feet weaker and easier to break off.

      Baron Conal O'hAirt / Jim Hart

      Aude Aliquid Dignum
      ' Dare Something Worthy '

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