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#1 posted 10-11-2011 06:32 AM

Glad to see that you have made LumberJocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

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#2 posted 10-11-2011 06:42 AM

The Rough Exotic Lumber Chronicles: An Odyssey of a Village Boy River Walker

Greetings all,

Thank you for your warm welcome!

I am rookie woodworker w/experience in residential/commercial remodeling. Found a good connection on rough exotic lumber and decided to get my workshop together so I can build furniture with some wicked looking wood.

Got a bunch of wide boards of Gabon Ebony with dimensions: 3-4” x 12-19” x 73”

Boards fairly square but not level because they were milled with chainsaws. I started planing the boards to remove the saw skips and partially level the faces out (creating piles of expensive mulch). It’s incredible seeing the difference a couple passes with the hand plane makes.

I was considering getting a big 5hp planer but now I’m thinking about getting a 19” bandsaw first. My thinking is that with the bandsaw I could re-saw the boards on two sides and take a fairly level board from the center and send it thru the thickness planer, and on to the drum sander.

Could really use some words of wisdom from some more experience woodworkers. Any advice on re-sawing wide plank Gabon Ebony and other exotics on Bandsaw? I’m looking to get something with 5HP….?


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#3 posted 10-11-2011 08:38 AM

“WELCOME to LJ’s.”

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#4 posted 10-11-2011 04:37 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

Regarding your question, please try posting it in one of the forums. The woodworking skill forum would work just fine. Simply click on forums at the top of this page and locate the correct forum. You will get more responses there. Good Luck.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 10-11-2011 06:33 PM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#6 posted 10-12-2011 09:45 PM

Thanks guys. I posted in the forum section and got some great direction from one of our fellow LJ’s yesterday. I am going to put that advice into action over the weekend if not sooner.

Not even 3 days in and I’ve got a gem in the form of a big board leveling jig idea that is gonna save me time, money, heartache, shop time, and broken back from lifting 200+ boards from the out-feed roller table to the in-feed roller table 20-30 times to get one level side out of my thickness planer!

Again. Thanks for the welcome and please check out my blog and projects as I get things going on LJ.


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