Another day, another dollar, right? Today was a bit slow in the shop so I took advantage of the lack of co-worker presence and shop room to do some personal work.
I re-milled the refurbished cedar today. It’s obvious to me that I’ll need to mill some more to complete all the doors.
It’s been a toss up between shaker doors with a fibrex panel sprayed with a coloured lacquer or solid panel doors. I struggled with this decision because I don’t like building something excessively. A waste of wood is a shameful way to work. But in the end I was able to convince myself that it wasn’t a waste and I’d rather not introduce MDF materials in an otherwise all wood project. The cedar will provide excellent balance in texture in relation to the finished spruce. I may even just oil and wax the doors to keep them soft in appearance next to the glossy spruce frames.
The process of milling the cedar was certainly time consuming. This wood has been sitting on someone’s deck for a few years without any treatment, sealer or care provided. This wood was grumpy to say the least. Most of the planks were about 11 feet long and 5 1/2 inches wide.
The basic milling process is obvious and I won’t go over it. But what I can share is the intense warping that occurred after the release of grain tension coming off the table saw.
After the initial dressing I let it sit for a night and tackled it the next day to bring the boards closer to the dimensions I was looking for. As soon as the wood even sensed the table’s blade it warped! So I dressed it a second time which is normal anyways and then a third after bringing the boards closer to dimension. That was today and I waited about a week before doing this third mill.
There isn’t much that gives me more satisfaction than doing the final dress and feeling the squareness of the board and revealing the wood’s beauty and patterns.
I ended up with boards not much wider than 2 inches and did the first glue up tonight. That’s about all the time I had to work with.
Dry cedar glues exceptionally well and clamps even better. I use wax paper to keep things from sticking together.
A side note here: Lee Valley had a sale a year ago or so to get rid of these uber-cheap bar clamps. 60 bucks for 10 aluminum 48 inch clamps. They are horrible….but have a use with things like what I’m doing. They are doing a fair job and with the care taken on the milling means less pressure needed by the clamps. Good times.
Pictures to come :)