I’m a beginner woodworker and I’m trying to understand something super basic here – let’s say I’m building a bookshelf that’s 12 inches deep. Why do I need to glue (after jointing and planing) two boards that are 6 inches in width as opposed to one board that’s 12 inches wide?
Is it because the two boards of 6 inches are stronger? If so, why?
You can just use one 12 inch board. As long as the timber is seasoned properly, and at a suitable moisture level when you use it, it'll likely be fine.
That said, there are some benefits to using multiple pieces:
As mentioned, not all of these are going to apply in every case, but it's worth considering depending on your application.
Answered by WhatEvil on July 18, 2021
It's going to be really hard to find a 12+" board that is free of defects. You might find a board, but after you plane it out of twist, wind and cup it might be too thin. Often a board of a required width is ripped into smaller sections for saving as much thickness as possible.
Answered by user9049 on July 18, 2021
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