Spalted maple moisture - resawing

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Blog entry by Brodan posted 05-11-2021 11:24 AM 491 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Following the advice received about potentially non- uniform moisture content throughout a piece of wood, I resawed 2 “chunks” of the maple that I had brought into the garage a couple of weeks ago.

After “tuning up” my portacable bandsaw with a 4 tpi blade from the big box, I did a test cut on a piece of red oak, clamped a piece of oak as a fence and started. Quite a few saw marks but uniform within .030” in thickness on the 8” x4” sample piece.

Followed with the maple. Sawn to 5/8 and planed to a strong 1/2.

Before I started, measured the Mc on the outside and ends reading 9-10%.

After resawing I measured internal moisture reading 13-14% .

We’ll see what they look like ( potato chip?)in a few days.

-- Dan, TN

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#1 posted 05-12-2021 06:54 AM


You did well with your resawing to get such close tolerances. I finally bit the bullet a while back and purchased a Wood Slicer blade for resawing and it has made a difference in the quality of cut.

If your lumber is weighted sufficiently, you shouldn’t have much cupping to worry about. I’ve never attempted to plane any lumber before drying so I’m not sure if that will make any difference.


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#2 posted 05-12-2021 04:34 PM

L/W, after reading about so much I didn’t know regarding bandsaw set up,(crown of wheel in relation to gullet and proper tensioning and guide placement) and understanding and adjusting for drift, I was excited about the uniformity of the thickness. Admittedly the cut finish was pretty rough, but uniform across the cut. I expect that a smoother cut from using a better blade made for resawing would reduce the amount of material required for clean up.

Planed only because I was impatient.

-- Dan, TN

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