Workbench #3: Pictures from the hunt - spoils of battle

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Blog entry by KellyS posted 08-20-2009 04:26 AM 1380 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here’s where I go lumber shopping…The coolest thing is that it is all free! Just some extra time to sift and sort. Sorry for the blurriness, a combination of glare and good old muggy Georgia weather after a thunderstorm.


Here’s a couple pictures of the wood I’ve found. An oddball piece of Curly maple and a piece of Walnut. Not perfect, but I think I’ll be able to come up with some idea for them.


Ok, So I’ve found these nice pieces of poplar and jointed them on 2 sides square….UHHH Now what? I hate to say it, but I don’t know the best way to proceed. Should I use the planer and try to square them up that way and plane them all to the same width and thickness, or should I spring for one of those Freud Glue line ripping blades and saw them all to the same width and thickness? I want to do this the right way the first time….Any suggestions? I’ve checked most of these with a cheap moisture meter from Harbor freight and it doesn’t register at all. I checked it on some wetter wood from a rain yesterday just to be sure, and it showed about 22%, so I know it’s working, but don’t know how accurate it is.

Ok, more to come later.


-- He who dies with the most tools wins!.....Just wait, I'm going to win!..ERR my wife will at least.

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#1 posted 08-20-2009 04:36 AM

good find!

are you working by a plan? or putting things together as you go? (the latter would make things a bit harder).

if you have a planer- then plane a parallel face to one that you jointed already, then you could plane the remaining face parallel to the 2nd jointed face, and have a perfect square.

if you plan on gluing them all together in a lamination to make a top for the workbench – then they don’t all have to be the same width, but they should all be at the same thickness (so, not necessarily square, but rectangular is good enough). then just stack them together to form a large panel for the top, make the glueup as aligned as possible to minimize the planing you’d have to do later to flatten the workbench top.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 08-20-2009 04:39 AM

Sharon pretty much has it all handeled.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 08-20-2009 12:22 PM

Great find.

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#4 posted 08-20-2009 12:56 PM

I do plan to be going by the plan in Chris Schwarz’s book for the Roubo bench. Because all my top pieces are short, I’m sort of on my own in assembling the top. The main reason why I asked about planing or sawing is that I have probably the lowest model of planer available from Craftsman. It was a gift of sorts, so what can I say. All it has to do is look at a board and it snipes it. You can see the motor/head “cock” in the frame sometimes. I guess if I take lighter cuts until it comes into square I’ll be ok. I can just see the Craftsman planer cocking the wood out of square and making a mess out of everything. My other choice is to borrow my fathers planer that is much better. I think I’ll borrow my father’s. I think my pieces will ultimately finish out to about 2” wide x 3” high, should make for a good sturdy tabletop.
Thanks for the help.

-- He who dies with the most tools wins!.....Just wait, I'm going to win!..ERR my wife will at least.

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#5 posted 08-20-2009 07:02 PM

I do the same…........ maple- oak(s)- poplar. The good thing is …... the wood pile is at my place of employment

-- Aric R. - Juniata, Nebraska

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