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Trestle Table #2: Finished Milling my Lumber Today

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 09-01-2016 02:46 AM 799 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Milling 6/4 Rough Sawn Lumber Parts Part 2 of Trestle Table series Part 3: Milled and Cut Leg Assembly Parts to Final Dimensions »

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



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AandCstyle

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#1 posted 09-01-2016 09:11 PM

Howie, it may not be an issue for you, but I like to sticker freshly machined boards to endure that any moisture content changes will be from all sides.

-- Art

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Bigrock

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#2 posted 09-02-2016 12:14 AM

Hi:
I don’t know where you are getting you material, but here in Virginia most if not all the sawyers are using some type band saw mill.
On wide mater up to 14 1/2” I will plane both sides thick and then check them for flatness and parallel. About 99% of the time they are flat and straight. Thy it and see what you get.
Have Fun In Your Shop

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HappyHowie

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#3 posted 09-02-2016 01:26 AM

Hello Art, the photos above were directly from my milling process. I do sticker my milled lumber. You may notice the pile of stickered maple I have stacked on my planer in the first photo’s background. My new cherry lumber as rough sawn directly from my hardwood was stickered in shop in order to acclimate to its humidity. However, this lumber seemed very dry; unlike the 6/4 cherry I bought last winter. That moved a lot. It is what I used for the leg assemblies.

Do you immediately sticker your milled lumber from your jointer and planer? What advantage does that give you?

-- --- Happy Howie

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#4 posted 09-02-2016 09:37 PM

Howie, I was concerned that the stack in the first pic was to be left as it was shown. I sticker my freshly milled stock as soon as I complete the initial milling. I don’t know if there is any advantage other than my peace of mind that I am doing all I can to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

-- Art

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#5 posted 09-02-2016 09:54 PM

Art, I am all in for peace of mind. I will adopt your method. Thanks for the suggestion.

-- --- Happy Howie

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