Walnut slab leftovers? #1: What to do?

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 12-13-2015 02:53 AM 1460 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, after that last project was done, I still had a chunk leftover..

Not the greatest looking, but maybe i can make…something out of it?

tried a few tricks to use what tools i had, just to resaw the plank to two thinner boards…

“Plan” was to run the circular saw down all four edges. Needed to joint this edge a bit. Set up a fence on the saw….and tried my luck..

Not the best cut I’ve ever done…the other edge was almost as good/bad….then the end grain cuts….saw did not like going full depth on the job..

Well, first plan to split this slab in two was to use a handsaw to finish the cut…...note to self, go out and BUY a good rip saw. Then I tried the Texas Bandsaw…...board was 1” too tall to fit through…..slammed the board back onto the bench, marked a line right down the center, and ran the fence-less circular saw to make two 1×5 boards. Tried the bandsaw, again. Blade was about as dull as Ferris Bueller’s High School teacher…...Back to the bench, clamped the boards on edge, marked a center line and made a cut. Wound up with a few boards that might work..

Let these sit a few days..

meanwhile, I bought a new 1/2” wide blade for the bandsaw. Used it to get rid of the worst of the cuts. Then got a Mountain Dew..

You might be able to see some of the scraps I cut from the boards. Did a bit of cross cutting to get three boards that were close to the same size. They still needed to be flattened ….so each went into the vise for a “trim”

This be the first of three. Plane is a Stanley No.5c, with a fairly decent camber to it. Shredded the face down to almost flat, BIG curlie things everywhere. Followed up with a smaller Millers Falls No.11 with a straight edge on it’s iron.

Got all three planed about flat. needed the edge jointed before a glue up could be done. made a sammich out of all three, clamped them into the vise. That Junior jack was used to joint all the edges at once.

Got both sets of edges done. Then the real fighting took place..pipe clamp war!

Finally got them to hold on to the panel in-waiting..
Turned the mess 90 degrees, and used two more, non-pipe clamps to hold things in place.

I can let this sit overnight. Later, I can flatten the entire panel, and square things up. Then figure out what size table/nightstand to build. And then figure out what style of legs to make.

We just getting started….stay tuned…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 12-13-2015 03:36 AM

A very well presented blog there Bandit.
The saw possibly has a crosscut or combination blade fitted, now with material you are working at the max depth of the cut as well you now know what the difference between rip and crosscut blades would be.

You certainly have produced some excellent results with the walnut.

I think you may be the type of person who would enjoy watching the youtube videos “Chop with Chris”.
Take a look when you get a chance.

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 12-13-2015 04:47 AM

Circular saw has an Irwin rip blade, carbide teeth.

The new Bandsaw blade is by Bosch. 80” length ( found out 82” won’t work) and is 1/2” wide, 6 Tpi. still has a bit of drift. Planks have to go through at an angle, maybe 25 degrees or so. Might need to tune it up a smidge….

Once I find out what size of a top I have, I can then work out the base. Might add some Oak into this project….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#3 posted 12-13-2015 12:33 PM

Bartender, more Mountain Dew, the Bandit is rollin’ again !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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