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