So I decided to build a Greene and Greene Style Clock after visiting the Gamble house in Pasadena earlier this month. To do this though, I was going to have to locate material for the project and the plans called for a lot of varying thicknesses of material like 1/4”, 1/2”, 5/8” 3/4” and so on. I could purchase the pre milled wood that any Rockler or Woodcraft carries but this would mean using material from different trees most likely and trying to get the grain and color to match up closely would be a problem. I decided to bite the bullet and get a planer and mill my own lumber for once. I scoured Craigslist till I was lucky enough to locate a DeWalt Planer in great shape and for a steal to boot. Now hopefully it wasn’t a steal (literally) for them as well. I ventured up to Edensaw up in Port Townsend my last day off and picked up some 4/4 and 6/4 Mahogany and almost left with far more than my wallet would allow. thankfully I just drooled a lot and left with just the Mahogany and next months rent intact. Today, I attacked the material, preparing it for the actual clock build. Immediate I encountered a neat little trick the planer does. I immediately jumped on the web and searched out ways to mill the stock flat with my fancy schmancy new planer and realized right quick a mantra I need to keep in mind. Warped in, warped out. My new planer, though amazing at making material the desired thickness is no way capable of making said material straight. I can get the material close enough for government work but if I plan to make superb quality clocks I am going to be forced to purchase a jointer or I will have to be extremely careful in my selection of raw material in the future. It would seem that a Jointer/Planer combo is a must to get good quality Flat material for my projects. So now it is back to Craigslist I go, in search for a jointer I can afford that will undoubtedly not fit in my shop just so I can get material worthy enough to be a part of my project. It’s a never ending cycle isn’t it? Does one ever come to a point where one has enough tools to do the job?
-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?