Trying new woodworking skills #7: Dressing up rough lumber

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Blog entry by BJODay posted 09-26-2013 11:11 PM 1594 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I felt like I did enough practicing with scrap. I decided to clean up the QS white oak for my end tables.

I started by cutting most of it down to 60” and 40” lengths. I left 4 pieces full length, (96” – 102”). This made it easier to handle. I ran each piece through the jointer. Made a flat face and a square edge to it. I had some minor problems using the jointer. I would feed, then change my hand placement and feed the rest of the way through. When I did this I would get a snipe mark where I paused.

I then planed them down. I started slow, running each piece through even though some only shaved a little bit off the ends. After a few passes I had brought it down so I was planing the whole length. I slowed the machine down and only took off 1/32” each pass. I flipped the boards and cleaned off some of the snipe marks from the jointer. I did not get any snipe from the planer. I have followed Loren’s advice to raise the ends of the feed tables 1/16”.

The boards look great. This was my first experience starting with rough sawn lumber.

Some off the boards need to be 1/4” thick. I ripped these to width, set up my table saw and resawed them in two passes. I did not like resawing with the table saw. Some day I’ll get a band saw for this type of work. After resawing I planed them down to 0.25”. This is the only problem I had using the planer. A piece broke off the tail end and flipped up through the blades, made alot of noise and went out the dust chute. I opened the top and checked for damage. I couldn’t find any. The rest of the planing went well with no obvious marks from the blade so I guess I got lucky.

I’m very happy with the planer, (DeWalt 735). This opens up a greater selection of lumber for me to buy. I look forward to using a wider variety of woods in the future.


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#1 posted 09-27-2013 01:19 AM

Good luck with your end table build. Having a joiner and a planer for what you are doing makes it a lot easier. You can sure clean up a lot of lumber with these.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 09-27-2013 03:31 PM

When I have a thin piece to plan, I use my sled. A sled is a waxed piece of plywood as wide as your planner can accommodate with a cleat on the near end. Slide the sled through the planner mouth and register the cleat on the infeed side. If my piece to be planed isn’t too wide, I throw a clamp on the sled too. Now you’ve raised the planer bed up and can run stock through until it gets as thin as you want. I don’t know why it keeps thin stock from blowing apart but it works for me. Good luck.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#3 posted 09-27-2013 03:37 PM

Rough lumber opens up a whole new world. Those who used to buy 40 b.f. can now buy 400 b.f. at a time.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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