There's A Table in There Somewhere! #6: Tabletop - Resawing Beams & Lessons Learned

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Blog entry by CedarFreakCarl posted 06-07-2009 04:33 PM 4257 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Cutting the Apron Tenons Part 6 of There's A Table in There Somewhere! series Part 7: Resawing the rest of the table top and well crap....more lessons learned! »

I bounced out of bed Saturday morning eager to make some more progress on the table. I went down to the shop and inspected what I had glued up the night before. Everything looked good so I went ahead and glued the end sections together with the long side aprons. I also installed the corner braces which I made from a piece of white oak I had laying around.

I pinned the tenons with 3/8” oak dowels and sanded flush.

Feeling pretty good about the progress, I started the milling process for the table top. I had two beams that were about 4×9”. First I trimmed a half inch off the long side so that I had a piece 8” wide as I only have an 8” jointer.

Next, I jointed one face then squared up the adjacent side so I would have a flat faces to run against the bandsaw fence and table.

When I built my router table, I made a large subsantial fence that I can set on the bandsaw and use for resawing. I had just bought a 3/4” 3 tpi Timberwolf resaw blade and was eager to see how it performed.

That new blade pretty much cut like a hot butter knife on the first three passes. Then on the last cut, about 1/3 of the way through, cutting all of a sudden became difficult and the blade began to wander. I thought the kerf was just full, but after completing the cut, and looking at it, it became apparent that my new bandsaw blade became a $42 nail finder. Duh..ohhh…...............what valuable lessons we learn on a daily basis. You see, I’ve got a brand new Lumber Wizard and in my hurry had not used it on the last beam.

If you look closely, you can see the ripples in the cut. I thiink I’ve got enough material left at the deepest cut to still mill up the top, but I was dead in the water without a sharp blade. I called Lumber Lady and she still had a new blade in stock and was even so gracious as to leave it out on the loading dock as I couldn’t get there before closing time and of course they aren’t open on Sunday. Even so, I’ll have to hunt up some more stock as what I thought was enough wasn’t. So, I guess I’m dead in the water till Monday. Argh…....!

At any rate, I got four pretty nice boards out of it, the only problem is I need to more to have enough and beams like this are scarce. I may have to go with three narrower ones before this is done.

Stay tuned, the saga continues…...............

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#1 posted 06-07-2009 04:40 PM

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#2 posted 06-07-2009 04:45 PM

Looking good so far. It sure is fun to work with the old barn wood, isn’t it. I built a harvest table similiar to this one out reclaimed barn floorboards.

-- Julian, Homewood, IL

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#3 posted 06-07-2009 06:17 PM

Gosh that really stinks..probably the ONLY nail in the lot too wasn’t it? Hope you get to continue with your project soon. Looks great!

-- If you don't try you will never know if you can!

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#4 posted 06-07-2009 08:25 PM

Boy do I own that teeshirt. So often have I worn it that my wife has had my name embroidered on it.



-- JMP

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#5 posted 06-07-2009 11:25 PM

Thanks for the encouragement. When you get in a rush, you pay for it sometimes. LOL Emeralds…I think I’ve already worn out a few of those t-shirts. Pat: yes that’s an 18” Rikon. Great machine. As soon as I round up some stock I’ll post some more. Thanks again.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#6 posted 06-08-2009 12:29 AM

Bad luck. It’s is a law of nature that you only hit metal with a brand new blade. We have all been there. My condolences.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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