Four New Projects to Start 2016 #1: Milling Rough Sawn Lumber for Three of These Projects

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 01-13-2016 06:47 PM 1332 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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What can I say? I am either a multi-tasker or I have ADD syndrome where I cannot concentrate on one thing. However, in my application development days I was able to work on things for hours and days on end. Why should I do that now? I am retired.

As stated in a previous blog about my small workbench, I have plan for projects to start 2016.

First, I am going to make a copy of Steve Latta’s Miniature Bench. Having that completed first should help me with the other project builds coming down the pipe. Those are a Walnut Nightstand. This will be the second one I have built for my daughter Jenny. It give her two nightstands on each side of her queen bed. The next project is to augment the eight drawer dresser I made for my granddaughter Kayln. A mirror frame will be used over her dresser and I will make it and the two nightstands for completing a bedroom set to match the style of the dresser.

The fourth project is a writing desk for another granddaughter. Torrence chose a traditional desk from a sales site on the internet. I need to design it out. I hope to use and learn to a better degree the use of SketchUp for these woodworking designs I get involved with. I will buy it walnut lumber after I complete its design.

Yesterday I realized I had forgot to purchase the 6/4 soft maple I needed to make the eight legs for Kayln’s nightstands. I could not remember seeing 6/4 soft maple during my shopping visit at MacBeath’s so I drove to Intermountain Wood Products to get its lumber. They only sold 14 foot board in this species. That is way more than I needed for these nightstands; eight feet would have sufficed. However, having extra in my lumber rack means I will find some other use for it later.

My rough sawn lumber from the store.

I put this lumber through my jointer and then the planer to get surfaces flat, square on one edge and a parallel and oversized thickness. I will lightly mill them again to be sure I haven’t had some wood movement prior to cutting the pieces to final dimensions.

Next step to cut lumber to width…

This is my unused rough sawn lumber back in my rack.

-- --- Happy Howie

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