I was actually at the beginning last weekend. I was all excited to get out to the shop and start cutting these beasts down to rough lengths and go to work with the scrub plane. And then…
Well, I’ve been kinda amassing a bunch of crap over the last few years. I have wet grinders, antique table saws, old hand saws, bench vises, scroll saws, ‘bout 1/2 dozen electric motors and a ton of miscellaneous crap that I’ve just kinda been piling up in whatever empty floor space I could see that wasn’t in my way. It got a bit out of hand.
When I went to start cutting my timbers down, I realized WTF am I going to work on these 12’ behemoths? So I had to do a little self-flagellation and make myself purge and reorganize my shop before allowing myself to start the new bench :-((
Anyway, just wanted to update that I haven’t started yet. Hopefully within 2 weeks I can make the shop respectable and get to it!
In the meantime, I’m gonna solicit some advise:
My original plan for milling my beams was to cut to rough lengths, scrub one face “flat enough” and take a couple of light passes through the planer to “joint” the opposite face (beams are too wide for my 6” jointer). Then plane to thickness and joint one edge square on the jointer. Then I intended to stand the beams on the jointed edge and run them through the planer to get finished width. Well, my planer can only do 6” vertically and these guys are 8” wide. I can hand plane them but I don’t want to. I have trouble getting stuff flat, square and parallel all at the same time (pick 1, 2 if you’re lucky). Also, hand planing 60’ of white oak is a lot of work and I’m lazy.
So how do I get these guys to final width? I’m leaning towards doing it in 2 passes on the table saw and then hitting it with a jointer plane to clean it up. I could do it on the bandsaw but I think it would bring my little 10” benchtop BS to its knees in a pool of tears. Hoping you guys have a magic bullet for me on this one.
-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!