Shaker Table, dealing with Cardio problems #2: Thinning 3 boards

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 11-22-2019 03:48 PM 466 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The 3 boards are nice and all, but…they are rough sawn, and a wavy 4/4” thick….not really what I want for the table’s top….Hand planes to smooth both faces, and get them to 3/4” thick? Not going to happen, right now.

Use a hand saw to resaw them….again, not up to that sort of thing….besides, I still need to get the rip saws sharpened up, anyway….maybe use the tablesaw?

Well, it would involve two set ups….one at 7/8” and then at 3/4” between the fence and the blade. With the blade as high as it can go….saw is an 8” saw, with a 8-1/4” Dewalt blade….still not enough to reach the middle of a 5-1/2” wide board….

Ran them through, on all 4 edges at 7/8”.....then thought the bandsaw, with a brand new, sharp, blade..could saw the middle section…

Not too well…..tried to plane the high middle, burnt section down…scrub planes, then a smoother to clean up…

And still have to do the other face? Not! BP didn’t like all that hand plane work….back to the tablesaw, with a new plan….one I should have done to start with….

Lowered the blade. Set the fence to 1/3 of the board, about where the blade couldn’t reach the first time…run the three boards through, with the center section of the board beyond the blade. Then reset the blade and fence..

This time, there is 3/4” between the blade and fence. Blade is raised as high as it will go. Run all 9 parts through, taking out the extra thick parts, and some of the rougher areas….stacked the mess up, added a couple clamps..

And let them rest here for a day….15 minutes of “overtime” ...called it quitting time, and closed up shop…

making do with the tools I have on hand…..
Friday’s Plan? Sort that stack out on something flat ( tablesaw?) arrange them for best grain pattern, and try for a glue up….usually that involves cussing, seems to help a bit…..all in about an hour’s time…

Stay tuned…

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#1 posted 11-22-2019 04:58 PM


I have both a jointer and a planer, been awhile since we have talked. nice 8 inch Powermatic model 60 Jointer and a Powermatic model 100 planer with sharp blades. Ready to rock. Can pick you up in belfountaine, plane your wood, maybe buy lunch, drop you back. Probably not until mid December.

If you have a bunch of wood to plane….my tools are ready!

Would be good to see you, long time no see. Been doing LOTS of wood turning.

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 11-24-2019 12:35 AM

You should think about getting a bench top planer, and a bench top jointer….They don’t take up a lot of space….Just clean you off a spot for both and save yourself some grief on the B.P. and your body, too….!! You’d like using those machines instead of breaking your back with hand planes, saws, and whatnot….!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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