Laminating Cedar Fence Pickets
OK......the sign guru, Eric Rhoten, says it's too labor intensive to laminate Cedar fence pickets into a larger sign blank.
Well, I recently picked up a bunch of Cedar fence pickets from a fallen fence that wasn't very old. Good looking boards with only a few nail holes in each. So I ran them all through my planer to clean them up. The reclaimed wood was beautiful! They all cleaned up to 7/16" thickness. And they are all flat. No cupping or bowing or warping. I managed to get about 8 pieces, each 5" X 24" inches long, as well as quite a few that were shorter in length but very usable. I also used my edge trimming bit to get smooth flat edges on both sides for gluing on the long boards.
I have a sign I want to make and I want to use these boards. So I'm going to laminate them together.....against Eric's teachings. I'm hardheaded like that! LOL
I'm pretty sure I will attach a backer board to ensure there is no warping or bowing of the Cedar boards after I'm finished. Not sure if I will glue and screw the backer board to the Cedar.....of if I will just glue it to the Cedar boards. If I glue and screw them together, I will attach the backer board after I carve the sign so I don't take a chance of hitting a screw with my bits.
My question is have any of you done this? I know the boards are too thin for dowels or bisquits. So I'm hoping edge laminating will work. I do plan on using my cauls and clamps to help with the alignment and glue up.
Any suggestions or comments? I'm gonna do this....so don't tell me it won't work......I won't hear you if you say that. LOL
I may not know what I'm doing, but I am having fun doing it wrong!!
Happy Day Veterans!!