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Workbench Build #6: What have I got myself into! Oak Delivered Today..

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 02-08-2013 02:16 AM 1964 reads 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It was an exciting day here at the Airframer household…

While I was at work my wife waddled out to the garage to take delivery of 66/BF of 8/4 Red Oak. Now I just need to figure out how I am going to mill this stuff to size. I have a Skill Saw which should do it I just need to go grab some saw horses to build a rip jig on.

From what I can tell it is dry not green but I am not real sure how to tell for sure. I do think I’ll see if I can find a moister meter just to be sure.

All the pieces are 2” thick and width varies from 6” to 8” and all are just over 10’ long with 5 of those pieces in total. I should have more than enough for the 4” x 24” x 72” top and have some left over for whatever needs it. I am pretty stoked to finally have this piece of the puzzle figured out and here.

The OTHER thing that showed up today were the hand wheels from Reid Supply I had ordered last week. 1 8” and 1 5” . Now that I have those in hand I can finally finalize the plan on how to mate them with the threaded rod. The bearing flanges should be here tomorrow and that should finish up the vise hardware.

Looks like it will be a fun weekend and that I need to warn the neighbors I;ll be running the skill saw on Saturday lol. Or hell, they make enough noise on their own… might not warn them at all!

Here is some wood pron for you guys… any suggestions on how to dimension this stuff with minimal tools?

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"



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John

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#1 posted 02-08-2013 02:32 AM

nice timbers!

-- John - Central PA - http://affyx.wordpress.com

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camps764

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#2 posted 02-08-2013 03:31 AM

Nice haul! Depends on what you mean by “minimal tools”

If you mean, lunch box planer (12-13”) table saw and skill saw you can totally do it.

Could potentially do it with a skill saw and # 5 jack plane…a #7 might help but not necessary.

I think you could get your edge jointing done with just the skill saw, a long straight piece of 1/2” (or 3/4”) MDF and some hot glue.

Flattening everything might be another story.

Regardless I am incredibly jealous of the lumber and those hand wheels are BAD ASS!

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#3 posted 02-08-2013 03:57 AM

I’m intrigued…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Airframer

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#4 posted 02-08-2013 04:30 AM

Smitty.. I am intrigued as well lol. This is my first major foray into a major wood project so I am curious how it will end up too. Stay tuned…

Camps.. Ripping with a skill saw. I understand the sled/fence thing but I have always wondered (and am having a hell of a time finding out) how does one clamp the board to get a full rip? I mean if the underside needs to be clear of the cut what supports the board off the ground/workbench or saw horses without cutting through said support devises? This bit of geometry has my head hurting thinking about.

Thanks John!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#5 posted 02-08-2013 04:41 AM

Depth of cut barely through, and the horses will show evidence. Or put sacrificial scrap underneath. Typically plywood…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Airframer

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#6 posted 02-08-2013 04:52 AM

Thanks Smitty! I actually feel dumber now for not thinking of the sacrificial board riser.. makes perfect sense.

Now.. lets say I was a sadist and wanted to rip these with a human powered rip saw.. do I hang it over the edge of the bench.. climb on top and go at it or is there another safer method? (not that I am seriously considering this option.. but it has crossed my mind).

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#7 posted 02-08-2013 04:56 AM

Have you heard of Chris Schwarz? He has demonstrated French Cuts… Start it as normal, once in it far enough, sit at the cut, turn the saw teeth away from you, and continue cutting while sitting. There’s a video when he was on Roy Underhill’s show. All that said, it’d be plump crazy to rip 2” red oak by hand. You’d be one of my heroes….

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Airframer

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#8 posted 02-08-2013 05:47 AM

Hah! I found that episode you mentioned here I have heard of Chris Schwarz and had read through some of his blog but somehow missed a lot of the sawing articles. That is a great episode and he has some good reads as well. Thanks again!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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Bogeyguy

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#9 posted 02-08-2013 09:15 PM

Just a thought. Have you considered sending the lumber back to the supplier and having it returned S4S?

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#10 posted 02-09-2013 02:44 AM

Congrats and post pics as you build

-- Norman

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