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Blog entry by HallTree posted 04-07-2008 05:11 PM 1387 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just inherited about 100 board feet of 4/4 rough saw walnut. These boards have been stored for a few years. I want to use some of these boards now so I am going to take them over to a friend’s woodshop and plane them to ¾. My question is: I am concerned about warping after planing. Should I plane them now, after I bring them into his shop, or should I wait a while? By the way, for the use of my friends planer I am going to buy him new planner blades.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon



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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-07-2008 05:25 PM

Hi Ron,

I generally plane as I am going to use the wood. But in your case, since you are borrowing the planer, you might want to go ahead and plane them to thickness unless you have ready access to the planer. If you do then it would be a good excuse for a visit as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Lakey

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#2 posted 04-07-2008 06:00 PM

This is pretty complicated, Ron. Usually when you get a stock of new lumber you want to leave it in your shop as long as possible to acclimate to your shop’s climate before doing anything to it. Then, when you start the project, you plane it to about 1/16th over you final thickness and let it sit another few days. If you take it to your friend’s shop and plane it to final thickness, it will warp when you bring it back to your shop. I’m not sure what I would do in your position – maybe let it sit in your shop for a couple of weeks, then take it and plane it, and high-tail it back to your shop?

—Lakey

-- "No Board Left Behind"

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northwoodsman

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#3 posted 04-07-2008 07:09 PM

It sounds like the perfect excuse to purchase a planer!

-- NorthWoodsMan

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HallTree

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#4 posted 04-07-2008 07:18 PM

Yes, a planer would be nice, but I share the shop with about 10 or 12 other old guys. and not all of them think we need a planer.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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Paul D

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#5 posted 04-07-2008 07:18 PM

Have you already jointed one face of the boards or are you planning on using a planer sled to accomplish that? Personally I would be relunctant to plane all of it to 3/4” unless I knew what I was going to make with it in advance.

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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HallTree

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#6 posted 04-07-2008 07:20 PM

For now I plan to make a small cradle for my great grandchild, so I don’t need to plane all of it.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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tenontim

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#7 posted 04-07-2008 07:38 PM

Get what you need now planed and gripe and complain about all the inconvenience it is to get something planed, until your shop mates give in a agree on a planer.

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GaryK

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#8 posted 04-07-2008 08:38 PM

I would say plane what you need for now with some extra boards. Let the extra boards sit around for as long as you can to see what happens to them. If they stay flat get the rest planed.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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HallTree

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#9 posted 04-07-2008 08:46 PM

Thanks for all the comments. I will just plane what I need for now.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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