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#1 posted 03-12-2019 05:31 PM

There nothing quite as satisfying as taking some ruff cut lumber and milling it yourself. I like being in control of milling process. You don’t pre mill your project wood and set it aside for later use . You mill it after you have a project plan. You cut your pieces to lenght + couple inches before any thing else. Once that is done you can proceed with milling.

I flatten one face on the jointer, just enough to make it flat, then run them through the planer just enough to make that side flat and parallel to the first face. Once the faces are done I move on to the edges. That’s for the first day. At this point the stock is over size.

The next day I take some off each side but still leave it a bit over sized. Let that rest over night to see what moves. Don’t laugh I have stock move over night. Third and final day I mill it to finial size. All this time being careful as possible to remove the same amount of wood from each side of the stock.

No way the lumber yard can do what I described. They are just going to run it through a planer a time or two in full lengths and send it on it way. If you don’t use it right a way there still a good chance it can move on you.

I remember when I dind’t have a jointer and planer and have to use s4s stock from the lumber yard. Not many pieces were truly flat and many a time Id’ make a face frame the one piece would be thicker than the outer when butt together.

Here’s a table full of stock get ready for the last pass. Oh one other very important thing. Once you start the milling don’t lay the sock flat. Keep it so it get air to both sides of the stock.

I’ve milled a lot of wood over the years and my process has givens me great wood to work with. That’s a load of ruff cut cherry 4/4 lumber in that back ground.

That being said, “different strokes for different folks.

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