Laundry hamper #13: Top prep and more legs

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 05-23-2022 05:35 PM 704 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: Second door finished, more stock prep Part 13 of Laundry hamper series Part 14: Slats & top »

I started resawing some stock to make the top for this hamper. I’m aiming for a top that’s 3/8 thick, so I cut a couple of my 1” thick ash boards in half.

First I needed to clean up the edges, so I clamped the board in the face vise and jointed the edge smooth and square.

Then I set up the table-saw as high as it would go, with the fence 1/16” under 1/2” from the blade (trying to account for the kerf).

After running the board across the table saw twice, I had something like this:

So I got out the panel saw, and finished the job.

After some planing, it looks like these “too gnarly to be legs” boards are going to make a pretty top. I’ve got more work to do, since the ash curved a bit when I sawed it in half. But I got started, at least.

And there’s some pretty in there. My sweetie approves of it.

With about a half hour to go until lunch I was looking for something easier, so I finished squaring up and smoothing the last two legs (making a total of five – a spare might come in handy). But I forgot to take a picture of those. Oh well. Mañana.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 05-23-2022 08:23 PM

So far, so good.
Regarding the board that curved a but after being sawed in half, that’s typical. I resawed a board once that was so case hardened, it snapped apart before I got all the way through with such a loud snap that I thought I broke the bandsaw blade. Scared the crap out of me.
The joy’s of woodworking.

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#2 posted 05-23-2022 08:43 PM

Pretty grains in those boards. I had the same problem with the boards I resawed for the little boxes I did a few months back.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 05-23-2022 09:35 PM

Yeah Tom, it’s just that this is the first board I’ve resawed that banana-ed, as well as cupping a bit. So I either have to do a lot of planing, or glue it under tension and use the neighboring board to pull it the other way. First time resawing with the table-saw, and with ash, I think it’s easier. The bandsaw just wanders too much in ash. The table saw smokes a bit and powers through. :-/

Thanks, Eric. I thought the bit with the wild grain would end up being pretty. Part of why I bought the board. Half of it was straight grain, good for legs. The other half was all curly and wild.

Also got out and planed some more this afternoon. I have almost all the sticks done, but I still need to saw 15-20 slats for between the levels. Guess that’s tomorrow.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 05-23-2022 11:45 PM

At least you got it cut. Too bad you don’t have the bigger bandsaw. Could of sliced that in your sleep. It does have some gnarly grain. The top will be a show off.

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

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#5 posted 05-24-2022 01:25 AM

I’ve never had good luck resawing ash with the bigger (Delta 14) bandsaw, Dave. It always wandered, often far enough that the kerf left the piece, ruining one of the halves. That’s why I kept fighting with the tension on it. The table saw worked pretty well, aside from the big kerf, but the wacky grain didn’t pull the blade off-line, so yay!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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