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The story so far…

I had this idea for the 2×4 project… actually I had 2 ideas, one (living in an OLD house), was to use a true 2×4 salvaged from an earlier home reno project and get to use better looking, straighter, and certainly drier lumber. (not to mention a larger piece…) but alas, I decided that wasn't in the spirit of the challenge, whether or not I had the piece I'd need without having to knock down a wall to get it.

the second (taking a tip from Zuki's playbook and not sharing it just yet) is to do something well outside the box. I'm actually remaking a project I did several years back for my MIL, though that was in my pre-woodworking days and I had to resort to pre-milled craft lumber at the Big Box, or Hobby store. Obviously this time I'm using a 2×4.

Despite having sketched out my project back before the contest was announced, I finally made my first cuts this afternoon. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh?

Turns out I didn't have a whole 2×4 (not one without a 1/4 twist in it) BUT on the fly, i figured I could make do with half of one. I did have a fairly straight one of those… a little battered on the outside, and not terribly knotty.

First step, sand the outside (after cutting it down into two 2 foot pieces). Then I ripped them in to 1/4 inch strips and sanded again. I was going to rip them into 1/4×3 1/2 strips, but saw that if I ripped them on the short dimension they'd all be either quartersawn or rift sawn (stronger, more stable and look way better!)

Here's where my progress ended before dinner:





There it is, just under 1/2 a 2×4. probably less than 2/5 if you deduct for waste and sawdust - the basement atmospere is thick with sawdust!
 

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The story so far…

I had this idea for the 2×4 project… actually I had 2 ideas, one (living in an OLD house), was to use a true 2×4 salvaged from an earlier home reno project and get to use better looking, straighter, and certainly drier lumber. (not to mention a larger piece…) but alas, I decided that wasn't in the spirit of the challenge, whether or not I had the piece I'd need without having to knock down a wall to get it.

the second (taking a tip from Zuki's playbook and not sharing it just yet) is to do something well outside the box. I'm actually remaking a project I did several years back for my MIL, though that was in my pre-woodworking days and I had to resort to pre-milled craft lumber at the Big Box, or Hobby store. Obviously this time I'm using a 2×4.

Despite having sketched out my project back before the contest was announced, I finally made my first cuts this afternoon. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh?

Turns out I didn't have a whole 2×4 (not one without a 1/4 twist in it) BUT on the fly, i figured I could make do with half of one. I did have a fairly straight one of those… a little battered on the outside, and not terribly knotty.

First step, sand the outside (after cutting it down into two 2 foot pieces). Then I ripped them in to 1/4 inch strips and sanded again. I was going to rip them into 1/4×3 1/2 strips, but saw that if I ripped them on the short dimension they'd all be either quartersawn or rift sawn (stronger, more stable and look way better!)

Here's where my progress ended before dinner:





There it is, just under 1/2 a 2×4. probably less than 2/5 if you deduct for waste and sawdust - the basement atmospere is thick with sawdust!
Hmmm! What's it going to be?
 

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The story so far…

I had this idea for the 2×4 project… actually I had 2 ideas, one (living in an OLD house), was to use a true 2×4 salvaged from an earlier home reno project and get to use better looking, straighter, and certainly drier lumber. (not to mention a larger piece…) but alas, I decided that wasn't in the spirit of the challenge, whether or not I had the piece I'd need without having to knock down a wall to get it.

the second (taking a tip from Zuki's playbook and not sharing it just yet) is to do something well outside the box. I'm actually remaking a project I did several years back for my MIL, though that was in my pre-woodworking days and I had to resort to pre-milled craft lumber at the Big Box, or Hobby store. Obviously this time I'm using a 2×4.

Despite having sketched out my project back before the contest was announced, I finally made my first cuts this afternoon. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh?

Turns out I didn't have a whole 2×4 (not one without a 1/4 twist in it) BUT on the fly, i figured I could make do with half of one. I did have a fairly straight one of those… a little battered on the outside, and not terribly knotty.

First step, sand the outside (after cutting it down into two 2 foot pieces). Then I ripped them in to 1/4 inch strips and sanded again. I was going to rip them into 1/4×3 1/2 strips, but saw that if I ripped them on the short dimension they'd all be either quartersawn or rift sawn (stronger, more stable and look way better!)

Here's where my progress ended before dinner:





There it is, just under 1/2 a 2×4. probably less than 2/5 if you deduct for waste and sawdust - the basement atmospere is thick with sawdust!
I'm spending far too much time glued to this screen trying to sort out all these puzzles!
 

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The story so far…

I had this idea for the 2×4 project… actually I had 2 ideas, one (living in an OLD house), was to use a true 2×4 salvaged from an earlier home reno project and get to use better looking, straighter, and certainly drier lumber. (not to mention a larger piece…) but alas, I decided that wasn't in the spirit of the challenge, whether or not I had the piece I'd need without having to knock down a wall to get it.

the second (taking a tip from Zuki's playbook and not sharing it just yet) is to do something well outside the box. I'm actually remaking a project I did several years back for my MIL, though that was in my pre-woodworking days and I had to resort to pre-milled craft lumber at the Big Box, or Hobby store. Obviously this time I'm using a 2×4.

Despite having sketched out my project back before the contest was announced, I finally made my first cuts this afternoon. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh?

Turns out I didn't have a whole 2×4 (not one without a 1/4 twist in it) BUT on the fly, i figured I could make do with half of one. I did have a fairly straight one of those… a little battered on the outside, and not terribly knotty.

First step, sand the outside (after cutting it down into two 2 foot pieces). Then I ripped them in to 1/4 inch strips and sanded again. I was going to rip them into 1/4×3 1/2 strips, but saw that if I ripped them on the short dimension they'd all be either quartersawn or rift sawn (stronger, more stable and look way better!)

Here's where my progress ended before dinner:





There it is, just under 1/2 a 2×4. probably less than 2/5 if you deduct for waste and sawdust - the basement atmospere is thick with sawdust!
Looking forward to progress on this one.
 

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The story so far…

I had this idea for the 2×4 project… actually I had 2 ideas, one (living in an OLD house), was to use a true 2×4 salvaged from an earlier home reno project and get to use better looking, straighter, and certainly drier lumber. (not to mention a larger piece…) but alas, I decided that wasn't in the spirit of the challenge, whether or not I had the piece I'd need without having to knock down a wall to get it.

the second (taking a tip from Zuki's playbook and not sharing it just yet) is to do something well outside the box. I'm actually remaking a project I did several years back for my MIL, though that was in my pre-woodworking days and I had to resort to pre-milled craft lumber at the Big Box, or Hobby store. Obviously this time I'm using a 2×4.

Despite having sketched out my project back before the contest was announced, I finally made my first cuts this afternoon. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh?

Turns out I didn't have a whole 2×4 (not one without a 1/4 twist in it) BUT on the fly, i figured I could make do with half of one. I did have a fairly straight one of those… a little battered on the outside, and not terribly knotty.

First step, sand the outside (after cutting it down into two 2 foot pieces). Then I ripped them in to 1/4 inch strips and sanded again. I was going to rip them into 1/4×3 1/2 strips, but saw that if I ripped them on the short dimension they'd all be either quartersawn or rift sawn (stronger, more stable and look way better!)

Here's where my progress ended before dinner:





There it is, just under 1/2 a 2×4. probably less than 2/5 if you deduct for waste and sawdust - the basement atmospere is thick with sawdust!
A woven hamster cage. It has to be!
 

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The story so far…

I had this idea for the 2×4 project… actually I had 2 ideas, one (living in an OLD house), was to use a true 2×4 salvaged from an earlier home reno project and get to use better looking, straighter, and certainly drier lumber. (not to mention a larger piece…) but alas, I decided that wasn't in the spirit of the challenge, whether or not I had the piece I'd need without having to knock down a wall to get it.

the second (taking a tip from Zuki's playbook and not sharing it just yet) is to do something well outside the box. I'm actually remaking a project I did several years back for my MIL, though that was in my pre-woodworking days and I had to resort to pre-milled craft lumber at the Big Box, or Hobby store. Obviously this time I'm using a 2×4.

Despite having sketched out my project back before the contest was announced, I finally made my first cuts this afternoon. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh?

Turns out I didn't have a whole 2×4 (not one without a 1/4 twist in it) BUT on the fly, i figured I could make do with half of one. I did have a fairly straight one of those… a little battered on the outside, and not terribly knotty.

First step, sand the outside (after cutting it down into two 2 foot pieces). Then I ripped them in to 1/4 inch strips and sanded again. I was going to rip them into 1/4×3 1/2 strips, but saw that if I ripped them on the short dimension they'd all be either quartersawn or rift sawn (stronger, more stable and look way better!)

Here's where my progress ended before dinner:





There it is, just under 1/2 a 2×4. probably less than 2/5 if you deduct for waste and sawdust - the basement atmospere is thick with sawdust!
lol mot.

I ran into the same thing Scott . . . I initially calculated using 1 2×4 for Project X, but when I started cutting I realized I could make 2.
 

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The story so far…

I had this idea for the 2×4 project… actually I had 2 ideas, one (living in an OLD house), was to use a true 2×4 salvaged from an earlier home reno project and get to use better looking, straighter, and certainly drier lumber. (not to mention a larger piece…) but alas, I decided that wasn't in the spirit of the challenge, whether or not I had the piece I'd need without having to knock down a wall to get it.

the second (taking a tip from Zuki's playbook and not sharing it just yet) is to do something well outside the box. I'm actually remaking a project I did several years back for my MIL, though that was in my pre-woodworking days and I had to resort to pre-milled craft lumber at the Big Box, or Hobby store. Obviously this time I'm using a 2×4.

Despite having sketched out my project back before the contest was announced, I finally made my first cuts this afternoon. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh?

Turns out I didn't have a whole 2×4 (not one without a 1/4 twist in it) BUT on the fly, i figured I could make do with half of one. I did have a fairly straight one of those… a little battered on the outside, and not terribly knotty.

First step, sand the outside (after cutting it down into two 2 foot pieces). Then I ripped them in to 1/4 inch strips and sanded again. I was going to rip them into 1/4×3 1/2 strips, but saw that if I ripped them on the short dimension they'd all be either quartersawn or rift sawn (stronger, more stable and look way better!)

Here's where my progress ended before dinner:





There it is, just under 1/2 a 2×4. probably less than 2/5 if you deduct for waste and sawdust - the basement atmospere is thick with sawdust!
Hmm, made for MIL and I'm his BIL, you'd think I would have a clue….sorry chaps not ringing any bells..
 

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The story so far…

I had this idea for the 2×4 project… actually I had 2 ideas, one (living in an OLD house), was to use a true 2×4 salvaged from an earlier home reno project and get to use better looking, straighter, and certainly drier lumber. (not to mention a larger piece…) but alas, I decided that wasn't in the spirit of the challenge, whether or not I had the piece I'd need without having to knock down a wall to get it.

the second (taking a tip from Zuki's playbook and not sharing it just yet) is to do something well outside the box. I'm actually remaking a project I did several years back for my MIL, though that was in my pre-woodworking days and I had to resort to pre-milled craft lumber at the Big Box, or Hobby store. Obviously this time I'm using a 2×4.

Despite having sketched out my project back before the contest was announced, I finally made my first cuts this afternoon. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh?

Turns out I didn't have a whole 2×4 (not one without a 1/4 twist in it) BUT on the fly, i figured I could make do with half of one. I did have a fairly straight one of those… a little battered on the outside, and not terribly knotty.

First step, sand the outside (after cutting it down into two 2 foot pieces). Then I ripped them in to 1/4 inch strips and sanded again. I was going to rip them into 1/4×3 1/2 strips, but saw that if I ripped them on the short dimension they'd all be either quartersawn or rift sawn (stronger, more stable and look way better!)

Here's where my progress ended before dinner:





There it is, just under 1/2 a 2×4. probably less than 2/5 if you deduct for waste and sawdust - the basement atmospere is thick with sawdust!
ok how about another clue lol
 

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The story so far…

I had this idea for the 2×4 project… actually I had 2 ideas, one (living in an OLD house), was to use a true 2×4 salvaged from an earlier home reno project and get to use better looking, straighter, and certainly drier lumber. (not to mention a larger piece…) but alas, I decided that wasn't in the spirit of the challenge, whether or not I had the piece I'd need without having to knock down a wall to get it.

the second (taking a tip from Zuki's playbook and not sharing it just yet) is to do something well outside the box. I'm actually remaking a project I did several years back for my MIL, though that was in my pre-woodworking days and I had to resort to pre-milled craft lumber at the Big Box, or Hobby store. Obviously this time I'm using a 2×4.

Despite having sketched out my project back before the contest was announced, I finally made my first cuts this afternoon. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh?

Turns out I didn't have a whole 2×4 (not one without a 1/4 twist in it) BUT on the fly, i figured I could make do with half of one. I did have a fairly straight one of those… a little battered on the outside, and not terribly knotty.

First step, sand the outside (after cutting it down into two 2 foot pieces). Then I ripped them in to 1/4 inch strips and sanded again. I was going to rip them into 1/4×3 1/2 strips, but saw that if I ripped them on the short dimension they'd all be either quartersawn or rift sawn (stronger, more stable and look way better!)

Here's where my progress ended before dinner:





There it is, just under 1/2 a 2×4. probably less than 2/5 if you deduct for waste and sawdust - the basement atmospere is thick with sawdust!
Who need reality shows. This contest has them all beat.
 

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The story so far…

I had this idea for the 2×4 project… actually I had 2 ideas, one (living in an OLD house), was to use a true 2×4 salvaged from an earlier home reno project and get to use better looking, straighter, and certainly drier lumber. (not to mention a larger piece…) but alas, I decided that wasn't in the spirit of the challenge, whether or not I had the piece I'd need without having to knock down a wall to get it.

the second (taking a tip from Zuki's playbook and not sharing it just yet) is to do something well outside the box. I'm actually remaking a project I did several years back for my MIL, though that was in my pre-woodworking days and I had to resort to pre-milled craft lumber at the Big Box, or Hobby store. Obviously this time I'm using a 2×4.

Despite having sketched out my project back before the contest was announced, I finally made my first cuts this afternoon. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh?

Turns out I didn't have a whole 2×4 (not one without a 1/4 twist in it) BUT on the fly, i figured I could make do with half of one. I did have a fairly straight one of those… a little battered on the outside, and not terribly knotty.

First step, sand the outside (after cutting it down into two 2 foot pieces). Then I ripped them in to 1/4 inch strips and sanded again. I was going to rip them into 1/4×3 1/2 strips, but saw that if I ripped them on the short dimension they'd all be either quartersawn or rift sawn (stronger, more stable and look way better!)

Here's where my progress ended before dinner:





There it is, just under 1/2 a 2×4. probably less than 2/5 if you deduct for waste and sawdust - the basement atmospere is thick with sawdust!
another clue?.... will be based on a shaker one I saw in the Berkshires ;)
 

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The story so far…

I had this idea for the 2×4 project… actually I had 2 ideas, one (living in an OLD house), was to use a true 2×4 salvaged from an earlier home reno project and get to use better looking, straighter, and certainly drier lumber. (not to mention a larger piece…) but alas, I decided that wasn't in the spirit of the challenge, whether or not I had the piece I'd need without having to knock down a wall to get it.

the second (taking a tip from Zuki's playbook and not sharing it just yet) is to do something well outside the box. I'm actually remaking a project I did several years back for my MIL, though that was in my pre-woodworking days and I had to resort to pre-milled craft lumber at the Big Box, or Hobby store. Obviously this time I'm using a 2×4.

Despite having sketched out my project back before the contest was announced, I finally made my first cuts this afternoon. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh?

Turns out I didn't have a whole 2×4 (not one without a 1/4 twist in it) BUT on the fly, i figured I could make do with half of one. I did have a fairly straight one of those… a little battered on the outside, and not terribly knotty.

First step, sand the outside (after cutting it down into two 2 foot pieces). Then I ripped them in to 1/4 inch strips and sanded again. I was going to rip them into 1/4×3 1/2 strips, but saw that if I ripped them on the short dimension they'd all be either quartersawn or rift sawn (stronger, more stable and look way better!)

Here's where my progress ended before dinner:





There it is, just under 1/2 a 2×4. probably less than 2/5 if you deduct for waste and sawdust - the basement atmospere is thick with sawdust!
Go! Go! GO! (Someone wrote me that once and it helped).
 

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The story so far…

I had this idea for the 2×4 project… actually I had 2 ideas, one (living in an OLD house), was to use a true 2×4 salvaged from an earlier home reno project and get to use better looking, straighter, and certainly drier lumber. (not to mention a larger piece…) but alas, I decided that wasn't in the spirit of the challenge, whether or not I had the piece I'd need without having to knock down a wall to get it.

the second (taking a tip from Zuki's playbook and not sharing it just yet) is to do something well outside the box. I'm actually remaking a project I did several years back for my MIL, though that was in my pre-woodworking days and I had to resort to pre-milled craft lumber at the Big Box, or Hobby store. Obviously this time I'm using a 2×4.

Despite having sketched out my project back before the contest was announced, I finally made my first cuts this afternoon. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh?

Turns out I didn't have a whole 2×4 (not one without a 1/4 twist in it) BUT on the fly, i figured I could make do with half of one. I did have a fairly straight one of those… a little battered on the outside, and not terribly knotty.

First step, sand the outside (after cutting it down into two 2 foot pieces). Then I ripped them in to 1/4 inch strips and sanded again. I was going to rip them into 1/4×3 1/2 strips, but saw that if I ripped them on the short dimension they'd all be either quartersawn or rift sawn (stronger, more stable and look way better!)

Here's where my progress ended before dinner:





There it is, just under 1/2 a 2×4. probably less than 2/5 if you deduct for waste and sawdust - the basement atmospere is thick with sawdust!
Is it pepper or salt: Shaker that is. Oh yah you can make 2 so it is a matched set.
 

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The story so far…

I had this idea for the 2×4 project… actually I had 2 ideas, one (living in an OLD house), was to use a true 2×4 salvaged from an earlier home reno project and get to use better looking, straighter, and certainly drier lumber. (not to mention a larger piece…) but alas, I decided that wasn't in the spirit of the challenge, whether or not I had the piece I'd need without having to knock down a wall to get it.

the second (taking a tip from Zuki's playbook and not sharing it just yet) is to do something well outside the box. I'm actually remaking a project I did several years back for my MIL, though that was in my pre-woodworking days and I had to resort to pre-milled craft lumber at the Big Box, or Hobby store. Obviously this time I'm using a 2×4.

Despite having sketched out my project back before the contest was announced, I finally made my first cuts this afternoon. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh?

Turns out I didn't have a whole 2×4 (not one without a 1/4 twist in it) BUT on the fly, i figured I could make do with half of one. I did have a fairly straight one of those… a little battered on the outside, and not terribly knotty.

First step, sand the outside (after cutting it down into two 2 foot pieces). Then I ripped them in to 1/4 inch strips and sanded again. I was going to rip them into 1/4×3 1/2 strips, but saw that if I ripped them on the short dimension they'd all be either quartersawn or rift sawn (stronger, more stable and look way better!)

Here's where my progress ended before dinner:





There it is, just under 1/2 a 2×4. probably less than 2/5 if you deduct for waste and sawdust - the basement atmospere is thick with sawdust!
oooooooooooooooooooooh the Berkshires!!!! ah HAH!!
 

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The story so far…

I had this idea for the 2×4 project… actually I had 2 ideas, one (living in an OLD house), was to use a true 2×4 salvaged from an earlier home reno project and get to use better looking, straighter, and certainly drier lumber. (not to mention a larger piece…) but alas, I decided that wasn't in the spirit of the challenge, whether or not I had the piece I'd need without having to knock down a wall to get it.

the second (taking a tip from Zuki's playbook and not sharing it just yet) is to do something well outside the box. I'm actually remaking a project I did several years back for my MIL, though that was in my pre-woodworking days and I had to resort to pre-milled craft lumber at the Big Box, or Hobby store. Obviously this time I'm using a 2×4.

Despite having sketched out my project back before the contest was announced, I finally made my first cuts this afternoon. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh?

Turns out I didn't have a whole 2×4 (not one without a 1/4 twist in it) BUT on the fly, i figured I could make do with half of one. I did have a fairly straight one of those… a little battered on the outside, and not terribly knotty.

First step, sand the outside (after cutting it down into two 2 foot pieces). Then I ripped them in to 1/4 inch strips and sanded again. I was going to rip them into 1/4×3 1/2 strips, but saw that if I ripped them on the short dimension they'd all be either quartersawn or rift sawn (stronger, more stable and look way better!)

Here's where my progress ended before dinner:





There it is, just under 1/2 a 2×4. probably less than 2/5 if you deduct for waste and sawdust - the basement atmospere is thick with sawdust!
I am sure that I would like to have one.
 

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To look at my progress so far, you'd think I haven't done anything… but I have! I've turned 1/2 of my slats into dust!



I decided that they were too thick for my taste (1/4 inch) and with a couple of test pieces I just couldn't resaw them with the band saw… (easily or quickly) so I turned the tablesaw into a jointer, ran over them with 60 and 100 grit with the Random Orbit Sander and voila… fifteen 1/8inch strips…



This is about as far as I can take this without giving everything away… (so unless everything goes bust) the third post's the charm!
 

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To look at my progress so far, you'd think I haven't done anything… but I have! I've turned 1/2 of my slats into dust!



I decided that they were too thick for my taste (1/4 inch) and with a couple of test pieces I just couldn't resaw them with the band saw… (easily or quickly) so I turned the tablesaw into a jointer, ran over them with 60 and 100 grit with the Random Orbit Sander and voila… fifteen 1/8inch strips…



This is about as far as I can take this without giving everything away… (so unless everything goes bust) the third post's the charm!
15, 1/8 strips. Hmmm….
 

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To look at my progress so far, you'd think I haven't done anything… but I have! I've turned 1/2 of my slats into dust!



I decided that they were too thick for my taste (1/4 inch) and with a couple of test pieces I just couldn't resaw them with the band saw… (easily or quickly) so I turned the tablesaw into a jointer, ran over them with 60 and 100 grit with the Random Orbit Sander and voila… fifteen 1/8inch strips…



This is about as far as I can take this without giving everything away… (so unless everything goes bust) the third post's the charm!
Sounds like some form of bent lamination to me. You guys are making it difficult to get anything done since I keep wondering when the next post is coming. As I have said in other posts this is better than any reality show on tv.
 

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To look at my progress so far, you'd think I haven't done anything… but I have! I've turned 1/2 of my slats into dust!



I decided that they were too thick for my taste (1/4 inch) and with a couple of test pieces I just couldn't resaw them with the band saw… (easily or quickly) so I turned the tablesaw into a jointer, ran over them with 60 and 100 grit with the Random Orbit Sander and voila… fifteen 1/8inch strips…



This is about as far as I can take this without giving everything away… (so unless everything goes bust) the third post's the charm!
ah-ha!! 15 rulers!
 

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second verse, same as the first

To look at my progress so far, you'd think I haven't done anything… but I have! I've turned 1/2 of my slats into dust!



I decided that they were too thick for my taste (1/4 inch) and with a couple of test pieces I just couldn't resaw them with the band saw… (easily or quickly) so I turned the tablesaw into a jointer, ran over them with 60 and 100 grit with the Random Orbit Sander and voila… fifteen 1/8inch strips…



This is about as far as I can take this without giving everything away… (so unless everything goes bust) the third post's the charm!
fifteen 2/3 yard sticks!
 

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second verse, same as the first

To look at my progress so far, you'd think I haven't done anything… but I have! I've turned 1/2 of my slats into dust!



I decided that they were too thick for my taste (1/4 inch) and with a couple of test pieces I just couldn't resaw them with the band saw… (easily or quickly) so I turned the tablesaw into a jointer, ran over them with 60 and 100 grit with the Random Orbit Sander and voila… fifteen 1/8inch strips…



This is about as far as I can take this without giving everything away… (so unless everything goes bust) the third post's the charm!
Well if you glue them together. You almost get your 2X4 back again.
 
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