Today I continued working on my 4/4 lumber parts by running the boards through my 15 inch thickness planer. I selected the boards I will use for the top. By selecting them now I made sure they were milled to the same thickness through my planer. One board needed further planing that the other four so they ended up becoming 13/16th inches thick instead of 7/8 thick. I wanted the top as thick as I could get from my 4/4 rough sawn timber. I am happy with what i got.
A board I had in my lumber rack that was an extra from a previous project was over just over 9 inches wide. When I have timber wider than my 8 inch jointer, it made the process of getting one surface flat a bit more difficult to mill. My shopping trip on Monday, I made sure all rough sawn lumber I purchased would be under 8 inches wide just for this reason. To joint the 9 inch wide board I removed my safety guard. I also determined where on the board where the bow began and cut that board in two. That left me two pieces to joint; one about six feet long and the other four feet. By cutting the board into these lengths and where it began to bow, I figured I could mill them to their maximum thickness. Otherwise if I left the board long it thickness may have shrunk to a 1/2 inch. By dividing this long board I got 3/4 inch thickness from these two pieces. I will use them in this project for the shorter parts that this table will need.
I finished milling all my 4/4 and 6/4 parts by ripping the boards to their maximum widths and squared the ends using my cross-cut sled. I will check these parts later to determine if they need addition milling to four square, if they have moved at all while acclimating to my shop’s humidity and after milling them during this first process.
-- --- Happy Howie