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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 06-16-2022 07:52 PM 566 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been picking through my ash boards for pieces with interesting grain. Stuff that would be rejected if I’m looking for strength. And I’ve been resawing it all to 3/8 inch thick, figuring that would get me a quarter-inch finished board, even with the crazy way some of this wood bows when resawed (most of it was initially flat-sawn in either 4/4 or 5/4 boards).

Yesterday, my new DeWalt 735 planer arrived and I got it set up this morning and cleaned up all those boards (I generally have tried to do this by hand in the past, but a couple of these boards bowed so much, I didn’t even end up with 1/4 of thickness after flattening them, so hiring a tailed apprentice was in order).

After processing the stack of boards, and picking out the four I liked most for the top of my laundry hamper, I glued them together to make a 20-some by 30-some inch piece. I’ll hand flatten this, and I may back it with a piece of 1/4” plywood, but this is what it’ll look like (minus the clamps and battens). I think I like it!

-- Dave - Santa Fe



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#1 posted 06-16-2022 07:54 PM

Very Nic and interesting grain patterns.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 06-16-2022 08:18 PM

I like it – I think I’d have tried to add another of the wild grain ones on the right if I could get away with it, a sort of controlled chaos type of thing, but I like it – lot of interesting swirl going on there.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#3 posted 06-16-2022 08:26 PM

great patterns Dave – I think I see why it jumped and bowed. It looks like the boards are from a crotch or a limb out of the main trunk. I’ve found some patterns like that just go absolutely nuts when you releive them any little bit and resawing really shook them up.

Did you order your Byrd Shelix Head for the DW735 yet ? It’s the best investment I ever made. I got one for a friend last week for his 735 – $535 delivered

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 06-16-2022 08:53 PM

Thanks, Oldrivers!

I didn’t have another crazy one for the right, Mike (I’ve got multiple projects going, so some are going to other things…). But I think I’ll be trimming off part of the relatively boring one from the right. And I’m thinking maybe breadboard ends will stiffen it up. Still in progress.

Thanks, Dick. Yeah, I’ve been vulturing up some ash boards at the local lumber yard, and talking them down on the crazy grained ones that have been rejected by other people. “There’s not even a full BF of straight grained lumber in there! How about selling it to me for a 20?” I figure it can’t hurt to ask!

I’ve got a spare set of blades for the factory head (it was an open box, and someone had already installed the cutters, plus there was a new set included, so bonus!), and can’t see doubling my investment just yet, and with the Shelix heads 38-48 weeks out, I don’t see where I need to hurry to order one. I’ll at least use up the first set of cutters before I think about an upgrade.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 06-16-2022 09:41 PM

That is some wild grain, but it looks wonderful. Great find in the boards.

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

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#6 posted 06-16-2022 09:43 PM

Thanks, Eric. I mostly let other people find that sort of thing for me by rejecting it and throwing it to the side of the stack of “good lumber.”

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 06-16-2022 09:47 PM

Makes sense. When I am picking up building material I always check every board. Toss the crooked ones to the back.

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

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#8 posted 06-16-2022 09:55 PM

Yep. Someone has to buy those, and I’m that guy. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 06-17-2022 01:33 AM

Nice looking panel glue up, the figure in these boards is fantastic.
I think you’re going to enjoy the Dewalt, flattening all your working material by hand is fun at first, but after a few hours it kinda reminds you your not a young man anymore. At least that’s the effect it has on me. I’m very happy to use my planner after rough hand flattening stock on one side, I don’t need to beef up for the babes anymore.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 06-17-2022 02:44 AM

Thanks, Tom! Even the “boring” boards have pretty nice figure.

And yeah, I’m ok with hiring a tailed apprentice. But I still like when I have the time and get in the groove flattening something by hand, too.

And I don’t have to beef up for the babes, but my doctor likes it when I’ve been working hard with hand-tools. Sigh.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 06-17-2022 02:53 AM

I can see there’s a lot going on in that glue up, but sometimes you get lucky and it stays flat. I agree also , we woodworkers look for those ugly boards. It’s gotten to the point that it’s easy to find the nice ones. LOL.

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

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#12 posted 06-17-2022 03:29 AM

I’m sure hoping it’ll stay flat, Dave. I put on the cauls before tightening down the clamps, and had hand-jointed the edges before clamping it. But if it decides to get wild, I’ve got a chunk of 6mm Baltic birch I could back it with, or I might put on heavier breadboard ends. We’ll see how it goes.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#13 posted 06-17-2022 08:26 AM

Gorgeous timber Dave.
Top purchase the Dewalt DW735, I’ve had mine over 10yrs. I did an upgrade to a Byrd Shelix Cutterhead 6yrs ago and wow, from good machine to great machine. So much quieter with hand smooth finish even on old recycled Aussie hardwood.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#14 posted 06-17-2022 11:10 AM

Thanks, Peter. Given how much folks rave bout those, I’ll probably order one once I dull my first set of cutters.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#15 posted 06-18-2022 08:54 PM

That’s some fine looking wood Dave, I’m really getting to like Ash.

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