Sapele & Cherry Kitchen Table #3: Interuptions make for slow progress....

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Blog entry by CaptainKlutz posted 06-02-2014 09:04 AM 1289 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Table top progress... Part 3 of Sapele & Cherry Kitchen Table series Part 4: Table top finally glued together »

Hmm.. all set to glue 2 halves of the table top together 2 weeks ago, and what do I learn?
I don’t have any clamp cauls long enough for the 39” wide top. Bummer.
Never built a glue up that wide before, what did I expect? DOH!

So, I waste a week on the buy Bowclamp cauls .vs. scrounge from a local woodworker .vs. make cauls decision.
Unemployed, bought 2 lottery tickets, didn’t win, so buy is out.
No one I know locally has anything big enough, so another option bites the dust.
End up having to make some.

Don’t you hate to stop a project when you are making killer progress to put any one set of tools, and get other stuff out to make some fixtures, jigs or clamps you forget you needed? Drives me nuts!

Don’t have enough maple or other hardwood laying around to make a decent set of cauls, so it’s time for some 2X4’s. So off to the BORG for lumber. Find 4 stacks of green 2X4’s, 1 stack of cheap kiln dried stuff twisted beyond recognition, and 1/2 unit of premium kiln dried 2X4’s that look worse than the green lumber. Sorry no pictures, you know what I am talking about. :(

Off to another store. Hit the competitor big blue house to see if my luck improves. They have better looking stacks. Ok, luck is improving. Cheap stuff has been picked over and all that is left is firewood. The premium kiln dried stuff looks nice, new unit, not picked over, lots of straight, decent boards. Grab 4 that look better, check for warp, cup, twist on smooth floor and they all pass inspection. Life is good.
Well, not really. Wife calls, ask me to run a few errands nearby, get home 90 minute later. Didn’t think that kiln dried boards baking in the back of the Yukon @ 100 degrees outside would be an issue, but it was. Unload the boards to find two twisted 1/4 inch, and one bowed almost 2 inches end to center. They were almost perfect when I loaded them, RATS!

Guess need to wait awhile to see if the boards acclimate in the shop.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#1 posted 06-02-2014 09:27 AM

Just a heads up as a former orange-box employee… Often times you can coax one of the lumber guys to pull down a new unit for you if the one on the ground is less than about 1/3rd full. They sell through 2×4’s and such so quickly that chances are they would be doing it later that evening anyway. Take a look at the end grain of the units in the overhead racking. Sometimes they are from completely different mills and are much better quality, sometimes much worse. All bets are off until the banding is broken, though…. that banding would hold a house together if you wanted it to…

Also, almost everyone in the lumber dept will tell you that driving a forklift is far more enjoyable than cleaning, re-stacking lumber, or virtually anything else. So as long as you approach it from the right angle, and assure them you aren’t going to make a huge mess of things, they should be happy to oblige.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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