Milling Over Multiple Days

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Forum topic by lblankenship posted 01-20-2019 07:00 PM 456 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-20-2019 07:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: milling jointer planer lumber rough lumber tip question

Hey guys just wanted to get your opinion on this and see what your thoughts were on the topic.

I saw on a few videos that a guy recommends milling your lumber (jointing/planing) over multiple days. Basically flattening and squaring up the boards, letting them sit to allow any stresses to release and then milling them a second time to get them flat/sqaure again. Just wanted to see how many of you guys do this and if you don’t do it have you ran into any issues with boards warping after milling?


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#1 posted 01-20-2019 07:11 PM

Yes this is good practice tosneak up to your final thickness . Starting with rough sawn the first pass over the jointer and through the planer is to get a look at what I’m working with. So the whole surface doesn’t need to be perfectly flat end to end.
I like to get the the humps down and look for anything interesting or unique.
Any boards with big twists or crooks get cross cut from the start. It’s a sign that should not be ignored

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#2 posted 01-20-2019 10:09 PM

I haven’t done it that way and I haven’t seen any need to. I try to minimize the time between milling and assembly. That works best for me. I don’t doubt there are situations where this would be beneficial, especially after resawing very thick material.

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#3 posted 01-20-2019 10:50 PM

Forgot to mention this approach I take is only with the most complicated builds.
A project that can be built over the weekend most likely doesn’t need extra steps. If your lucky enough to have a source of wood that allows for builds from the same tree. Consider yourself lucky because you are.
I wish there was a law against mixing up boards from different trees. Why not keep them all together

-- Aj

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Bill White

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#4 posted 01-20-2019 11:13 PM

I do it.

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