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Outdoor "Coffee" Table #5: A little time'll get ya...

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Blog entry by Dorje posted 07-24-2007 09:13 AM 1427 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Be forewarned: What follows is not the most interesting content, but I’m just trying to document the steps of this process…

I had an ounce of time yesterday afternoon (less than an hour) so I cut up the stock to rough dimensions. I was nervous about this after finding out just how hard Jatoba really is. Very hard wood. Wasn’t sure me little Crapsman (cast iron top contractors saw w/ belt driven 1hp motor) was gonna do the trick, but boy am I proud of it! The pieces whose offcuts were “pinchers,” were the worst. You know, the ones that pinch the blade as stress is released with the cut, bog down the saw, and blow the breaker (only two times!)... The saw handled the 8/4 better than anticipated…and so it goes…

And today I had some shop time (~ 3hrs) to continue to joint and plane down all the parts of the table to finished thickness and width. It always surprises me how long it takes to mill rough lumber…

Never had worked Jatoba before. Seems to be decent to work, pretty straight grain, the legs’ll have a bit of figure in ‘em. Grain seems to change direction a bit and you never seem to know just how smooth the final surface will be out of the planer until your last pass comes out the other side (even when taking 1/32” passes on the slower finishing speed to get more cuts per inch). Satisfied with the results though!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA



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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 07-24-2007 10:17 AM

Dorje,

Your saw must be a little upset with you for all the stress you put it thru!!

That lumber looks GREAT.

I know what you mean about always being surprised at the amount of time it takes to machine the wood.

I replaced my 12” planer with a 20” unit. It was kind of amusing for a while. I kept thinking I must have missed some parts, because no way did I get done so quickly!

I’m still amazed by it. (and also how quickly it fills the dust collector).

Nice work, Dorje. And that lumber is beautiful. I’m anxious to see the final product.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#2 posted 07-24-2007 11:35 AM

sounds like your little saw needs to be given an award or a present or something.. it sounds like “the little engine that could”.

yes, the wood looks beautiful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#3 posted 07-24-2007 11:41 AM

Yeah – maybe it deserves a big brother!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 07-24-2007 02:15 PM

”Wasn’t sure me little Crapsman (cast iron top contractors saw w/ belt driven 1hp motor) was gonna do the trick, but boy am I proud of it!” - Dorje

Hey, that’s the same saw I’ve got. I’ve probably had it for 30 years now and it keeps on going. I think I paid $290 for it. It was the Cadillac Sears saw at the time.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#5 posted 07-24-2007 02:52 PM

Dorje,
I see you’ve got one of these.

Don’t you love it? It has helped me a lot.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Dorje

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#6 posted 07-24-2007 06:06 PM

I do! Really lets me in on what’s going on!

I don’t mind using it to check width and thickness of stock coming off the saw and planer – I hear that some find it a bit burdensome…hence the Wixey digital readout and what have you. I mean, I bet they’re nice to have but, I just haven’t the need (yet? – mmmm, I don’t know).

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Dorje

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#7 posted 07-24-2007 06:07 PM

Lee – Thanks for you comments. By what factor does the 20” planer speed up the process? Is it because the machine runs faster or because you can send more parts through at once – or both – or?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Bill

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#8 posted 07-24-2007 07:04 PM

I am guessing that it speeds up the process for both reasons, but also it can take a larger depth of cut that the smaller planer. Not that you would want to do that, but if you could take a 16th of an inch at at a time, that would leave you only half the number of passes for the same thickness. And at an 8th of an inch, one quarter the number of passes. What a time saver that would be.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#9 posted 07-24-2007 09:43 PM

Bill – This is true – though I started at a 1/16”, which I typically do for most of the woods I’ve worked, I didn’t like the result on the Jatoba, so went light all the way!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#10 posted 07-25-2007 03:28 AM

I just love seeing the wood stacked up ready to start…....hard to stop at that point. You have more discipline than I do.

The bearing is going on my crapsman…..:) THAT MEANS ITS TIME FOR A NEW TABLESAW.....hoping the caps/bold/italic somehow lets my wife hear it.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#11 posted 07-25-2007 03:36 AM

That bearing could be a safety issue. You better replace it soon. The only safe option is a cabinet saw…..

..... Think she will buy it?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Dorje

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#12 posted 07-25-2007 04:40 AM

What kind of saw are you gonna go for Bob? Another contractor? Or a hybrid? OR? Hey – what did you buy your son-in-law?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#13 posted 07-26-2007 06:31 AM

Hehe….not a chance Wayne.

You got it Dorje….I think I am going to get the same Dewalt that I bought my son-in-law It’s a nice contractor’s saw. Easily portable, powerful enough, nice features…...especially important….it’s an improvement on my current saw and easily fits in my tiny shop.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#14 posted 07-28-2007 07:32 PM

Maybe you can make the case for a Saw Stop Bob. Say that you need a new saw anyway, and you might as well get one that will provide extra protection at the same time. Then again, maybe you can get one of those European types with the sliding table instead. Or maybe…..

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#15 posted 08-05-2007 04:12 AM

Can’t wait to see the table my friend.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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