WWA Info Exchange

For Woodworkers By Woodworkers
It is currently Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:45 am

All times are UTC - 5 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: The itch or the flitch
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 7:44 pm 
Offline
Veteran

Joined: Sun Feb 21, 1999 1:01 am
Posts: 2425
Location: Rochester MN USA
Please note that The new puzzler ( 8/26- 9/2) is located in the Barley Twist post responses. My editorial skills (really bad) need work and refinement.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2016 12:58 am 
Offline
Veteran
User avatar

Joined: Sat Jan 14, 2006 10:44 am
Posts: 3844
Location: Skagit Co WA
I have NO problem with your editorial skills. I applaud your support of the forum.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 8:20 pm 
Offline
Veteran

Joined: Sun Feb 21, 1999 1:01 am
Posts: 2425
Location: Rochester MN USA
I'll make sure you get the appropriate amount of shavings for this puzzler DENNIS S.
HOWEVER, lets start a controversy and find out which is a consensus response.
The ITCH is certainly important in directing passion to an idea and then to a design, so without the ITCH a project just wouldn't happen.
As DENNIS S suggests the FLITCH is very important in fabricating a fine piece of work.
A FLITCH as I understand it is sequentially cut pieces of wood wether straight from the tree/log or as veneer. Sequence to me means that the bottom face of a piece of wood is separated from the top face of the next piece of wood by the kerf of the cutting instrument. For instance a log cut and stickered so that it essentially maintains its "logishness" as each slab is separated by the kerf and the stickers. Thus, the flitch provides material with almost identical grain, color and moisture content. Those properties of the flitch make it essential for really superb projects.

O K lets have some agreement or other opinions :-D

_________________
Everything was new once.
newtooth 311
Rochester, MN


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 2:59 pm 
Offline
Veteran
User avatar

Joined: Sat Jan 14, 2006 10:44 am
Posts: 3844
Location: Skagit Co WA
In a broadscope definition I'd agree, NT. However in my view, any ultra thin slice off a log would be considered a flitch. How they're assembled and matched on the substrate determines if the veneer is 1) book matched or 2) slip matched.

Book match as the term might imply consists of opening up the layer of flitches and arranging them like pages in a book. Starting with the top of the stack, the first flitch is turned over, or leafed, if you will so the left side of the back abuts the right side of the next one. It might look something like this:
||||||\ /\ /
where mating edges are kept together. Not the best illustration but the best I can do.

Slip matching, as I understand it, is where the flitches are laid edge to edge, same side always up:
........ _
....._
.._
_
_
_
Such that the left edges, in this case, abut the right edge of the next flitch.

Obviously, to me anyway, bookmatching yields the most attractive results with highly figured veneers. So what, if any, advantage is there to slip matching?

Having resawn and veneered a number of cabinet doors for my kitchen one thing I note about book matching - The, what I'll call, character of the grain can vary quite a bit between the back and front of a veneer. Chatoyance, how the fibers lay, ... I'm not sure what causes it. It's pretty subtle most of the time and depending on the species of wood, may not be noticeable. However with the white ash I was working with, it was quite apparent and didn't show up all that much until after I started finishing the doors. So if judicially done with care, slip matching can produce quite pleasing results especially with straighter grained not so figured veneers. (Again, my humble yet closely held opinion)

No, Tom, I'm not gonna strip, resand and refinish!

Did any of that come even close to making sense, NT?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 9:26 pm 
Offline
Veteran

Joined: Sun Feb 21, 1999 1:01 am
Posts: 2425
Location: Rochester MN USA
DENNIS S: Yes, perfect sense. The inspiration to use flitches either as a tabletop as TMS has done with that gorgeous Makore or as a veneer book matched or slip matched is where the itch and flitch collide. The flitch that TMS used was one board which he cut to 3 pieces and edge glued to make the top as shown in his post "Oh my, Makore"

Returning to the premise itch or flitch, to use the Makore flitch as a table top was an itch that resulted in that top. Which was more important? Hmmmm!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:49 am 
Offline
Veteran
User avatar

Joined: Sat Jan 14, 2006 10:44 am
Posts: 3844
Location: Skagit Co WA
[quote="newtooth"]..., to use the Makore flitch as a table top was an itch that resulted in that top. Which was more important? Hmmmm![/quote]

What you claim to lack in editing knowledge is overshadowed by your sense of humor! (hehehe)


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group