Cedar Work #2: Thicknessing and surfacing (the alternate method)

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 04-05-2014 01:20 AM 1695 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Got real keen this morning and took the cedar out of the clamp and was going to set to work thicknessing.

Set up the thicknesser and was about to get going.

Oh no its too big, and I was not cutting 30mm or so off the side, so I decided to use my drum sander.

Set up with 36 Grit and made a few passes, (read as about 20x)

It was taking forever,

So I set up a chalk line to determine how much needed to come off and set to work with the arbortec planner again.

Now alternating between the 36 Grit and planner I got down to an acceptable level.

The A side at 36g

The B side at 36G

Then down to 60g and finished up at 80G

Then onto the belt linisher to finish the edge off,

I ran the rule across it just to convince myself it was still to big for the thicknesser, sure enough it was pew what a relief.

I had to stop and clean up,.... cedar dust and Arbortec chips everywhere !!

Lotta fun and as the glued in section seemed to hold OK I will set to filling all the cracks next.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 04-05-2014 03:48 PM

Good thing it wouldn’t fit in the Ryobi thickness planer. You would have almost certainly had a problem planning the endgrain cookie, it would have probably broke up into chunks and/or had terrible tearout. Overall it would have been quite dangerous.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#2 posted 04-05-2014 10:03 PM

Yea, never a good idea to try planing endgrain like that. I’ve heard horror stories of endgrain cutting boards going through planers and just exploding.

Might want to give it a kiss, as that tape measure kept you out of trouble!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 04-05-2014 10:22 PM

Thanks men,

I would not have thought to even consider the consequences unless you pointed it out.

In hindsight that was a really dumb move, thanks you have enlightened me.

Steps have been taken to prevent a repeat!

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 04-06-2014 05:01 PM

A router planer sled would be just the thing for those end grain blanks Robert. Here’s an LJ link to several versions of them to get some ideas;

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 04-06-2014 09:26 PM

Thanks Mike,

Not sure what planet I was on that day I didn’t even think to use my “Mango stump rescue sled” I put together for doing the same job.

Yes you are right its the away to go.

-- Regards Rob

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