Pine Project, 4x4s #1: Resaw some 4x4s

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 01-04-2016 12:19 AM 1160 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After a loft bed build, I had four 4×4s left over. Boss finally told me to get them out of the Dinning Room!

OK, Laid some lines out, and tried the bandsaw

Cuts seemed to go which everyway they wanted. Tried to get them close to the lines….Figured I could at least plane them close to flat..

A Corsair #5 Scrub Jack got things almost flat, then a longer plane tried it’s luck…

Stanley No. 7c…...Got three boards planed close to flat, and had a few more to do…

There was one skinny plank in there…set it aside. Put the rest into the clamps with some glue…called it a night

Well, football games weren’t going too well. Might as well trudge back down and de-clamp that “top”

Scrubbed the heck out of both faces, not sure yet will be the “show side” Scrub planes, cambered jack planes, jointer planes…they all took a turn at it. I also mark a square line on each end, and cut the line with a saw. Got down to a smooth plane..

#4 sized plane by Millers Falls…. Set the “top” aside, had two other 4×4s to resaw. Wasn’t happy with the cut from the bandsaw, sooo, clamped one 4×4 to the benchtop, marked two lines, and a circular was run down the lines, cutting the line.

Just one side was done this way. Tried the bandsaw one more time….to seperate the three slabs….smaller kerf of the bandsaw… left a bit of “junk” on two faces. Ran the slabs through the bandsaw again, and cut off the extra stuff. Back to the bench, clamp each down, handplane them smooth..

Close to one end, a HUGE knot was sitting in the way. Hmmm the slabs will be too long anyway, soo, cut the knot off. Had a second slab, smaller knot…..gone. Marked that slab to match the other one.

Needed to make four leg blanks….circular saw again..

This time, marked aline down the center, and cut the line, rotate, and repeat. Laid them down to mark the center line again

Then gave the bandsaw another try. Still had a wavw effect, but I could at least plane that away..

Got the saw marks planed off…..back is in bad shape, called it a day. Sawdust all over me, hard to see out of my glasses. Swept up the ankle deep shavings. Did a bit of laundry for the Boss….and went upstairs to MY chair. Had to “boot” the Shop Cat off MY chair, first. Heating pad set on BROIL, Mountain Dew in hand. It will do for one day…stay tuned.

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

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#1 posted 01-04-2016 12:39 AM

I hope this is where we get to guess what the build is? If so mine is launch pad to get up on the loft bed. And it sounds like you earned that mountain dew.


-- --Zach

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#2 posted 01-04-2016 01:16 AM

a cold one is well deserved ,thats a good looking #7 , cant wait to see the end

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#3 posted 01-04-2016 01:41 AM

Wow some job, I neded a little lie down and a cold one after reading all about the work!

Now firstly the bandsaw,
First up thats a huge chunk for your bandsaw to swallow so its on max cut limits for sure, and looks to me its possibly time to spring for a new blade, or some ovedue maintenance, but I dont think that would be the case after looking at the condition the planes are in.

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 01-04-2016 06:03 AM

Whatcha making, Bandit?

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 01-04-2016 06:06 AM

Just a small table….details still being worked out. Have one leg turned on the lathe, might get the others Monday.

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

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#6 posted 01-04-2016 01:10 PM

I think you have rested long enough….
Whatchya gittin’ done today???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 01-04-2016 03:03 PM

Can’t wait to get up there myself and see that!

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