Laundry hamper #14: Slats & top

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 05-24-2022 09:12 PM 727 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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More stock prep today. I got another ash board and cut it into lengths. 30” long with straight grain for slats to go in each level beneath the plastic laundry basket in the hamper, another 30” with a knot in the middle of it to be resawed into two pieces for the top, and a piece bout a foot long with a few checks in it that will probably end up being stock for a future small box.

With the pieces cut, I resawed most of the way through the piece for the top with the table saw again, then hand-sawed it apart using a panel saw. Haven’t cleaned those pieces up yet, so no picture.

The straight-grained chunk got both edges planed flat by hand, then sliced into 17 3/8 thick pieces on the bandsaw.

Then each piece went in the face vise and got its edge (the previous face of the board) planed smooth-ish.

I say smooth-ish because I did four passes down each slat with the plane. I tried to get the direction right, but there was a bit of reversing grain in nearly every board, so I ended up with a few rough spots.

My plan is that I’ll glue these in between the front and back pieces of the frame into a mostly-flat layer, then I’ll take a sander to them (wish I had a drum sander, but alas) and flatten things out enough that a laundry basket will slide easily along them.

But first I need to plane the faces (which won’t really be seen) more flat, as there are some waves in them from sawing on the bandsaw. Again, four or five passes will clean most of them up, but there’s some reversing grain, and a few of them warped enough that they won’t stay put against the planing stop, so I called it a day. Gotta have something to do tomorrow, right?

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 05-24-2022 10:44 PM

Sounds like a fun day in the shop.
In the last picture, it looks like it was planed against the grain, that so? Or, is this one of those boards that has grain going both ways, sort of up hill from both ends towards the middle?

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#2 posted 05-25-2022 01:39 AM

Yeah, it was a pretty good day.

Yep. That piece, looked at from the side, has the grain running in a shallow U. On one side, you have to plane from both ends to the middle. On the other side, you need to plane from the middle out. I got close with the tranny, and I’ll go back with a smoother with a tight mouth to clean things up. Or sand. Haven’t decided for sure.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 05-25-2022 02:16 AM

Looks like a good day Dave, resawed and planed down. I am finding the Ash nice to work with, really like the straight grain in it.

When I was planing the Maple to get a good even edge, I ran into the same problem in the grain, a few spots where I had to change the direction.

Keep up the good work.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#4 posted 05-25-2022 02:30 AM

Well, mostly planed down. I’ve got all six pieces that are going to be the top to get planed yet, plus the wider sides of about a dozen slats.

I like ash. Plus, with the emerald ash borer, it’s going to get harder to find. Might as well work with it now.

Thanks, Eric.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 05-25-2022 02:41 AM

Almost sounds like one foot forward and 2 back but you got a good handle on it. Some nice straight grained ash there.

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

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#6 posted 05-25-2022 03:07 AM

Yeah, most of it’s pretty good, Dave. I picked out three ash boards last time I was at the lumber yard, each with some flaw, and I’ve managed to get nice straight stock out of over half of it. The other is the stuff with prettier, but gnarly grain that will end up being the top and some smaller pieces for future projects.

Going to have to go lumber shopping again soon, though. Oh darn.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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