If the wood hasn't been split you may find problems with 'run out'.This
would be manifest by differences in planing pieces depending on
direction - planing one way could result in significant lifting of
grain etc. So test each piece (by planing) and glue them up to allow
the three (or four or five!) pieces to be all planned in the same
Historically some lutes bellies were made of more than two pieces and
the joint is not always at the centre line of the belly.
PS You'll find it of great help if you use a shooting board to plane
the straight edges - not so much to ensure the edge is straight but to
ensure the angle of the joint is the same on both pieces (one will need
to be planed upside down to ensure this).
From: WALSH STUART <s.wa...@ntlworld.com>
To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, 17 September 2016, 19:03
Subject: [LUTE-BUILDER] soundboards with more than two pieces
This is a beginner's question for simple projects!
I got some soundboard wood a few years ago intended for harpsichords.
Some of the pieces are quite narrow. I've been told that it is fine to
glue more than two pieces.
Obviously, each board has narrower grain lines on one side and going
wider towards the other side. With two pieces I'd just put the narrow
grain lines facing each other in the middle. But with three pieces?
I don't mind if the soundboard ends up looking a bit odd but is there
any technical or aesthetic issue here?
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