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A Sliding Door #2: Milling maple lumber

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Blog entry by Mark Kornell posted 11-01-2014 08:38 AM 1797 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Milling lumber is pretty uninteresting. It gets a bit repetitive, but you need to do it on every project. And truth be told, you don’t want it to get interesting. Maple is a species that can get interesting, and I don’t mean discovering that a board has curly figure. It often has reaction wood so some caution is in order.

I picked up three large boards to make the rails and stiles, and let them acclimate in my shop for 6 weeks or so. Didn’t seem to move much, if any, so I started the milling process about two weeks ago. One board had to be ripped in half, so I laid a chalk line and ripped on the bandsaw, just in case.

It didn’t move much, but it was enough that opting for the bandsaw over the table saw was, in hindsight, the right thing to do.

I milled the boards gradually, taking about 1/16” off every couple of days. Good thing, as there was movement between each session.

I only had to do one glue-up. The bottom rail is half an inch taller than the widest board I could find, so I got out the glue early on in the project.

Getting pretty close to final sizes:

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design



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#1 posted 11-01-2014 12:27 PM

I’m looking forward to seeing the door come together Mark. What’s the door for?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#2 posted 11-01-2014 01:40 PM

^He talked about that in the first blog: to ward off the spawn of satan;-)

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#3 posted 11-01-2014 02:04 PM



^He talked about that in the first blog: to ward off the spawn of satan;-)

- BigRedKnothead

Thanks Red. I’m not sure how I missed it.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#4 posted 11-01-2014 03:52 PM

Looks good so far! Count me in for watching the build…

Our house is also dominated by dog vs. cat struggles. We have several cheapo gates temporarily installed in certain doorways, but any of the three dogs could destroy the gate if un-supervised. Oh…what we do for our pets…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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