A bad flu and a business trip later, and I still haven’t laminated this darn thing! Not for lack of trying, but being the rookie, I definitely underestimated the time and effort requried in milling 6ft long lumber. My jointer is up for the task; the total table length is 46” so there should be no major lack of capacity…but I never realized that jointing long lumber was a challenge…getting rid of even the smallest high spots is tough…especially with a softwood like fir which has a tendency to cup quite a bit even at the best of times!
So I have the majority of my lumber milled to size, but as I take a day or two to sit back and re-think my strategy, I am considering purchasing a few more boards to supplement the ones which I think are no longer usable. I think I am suffering from a common rookie mistake of not being discriminating enough when I chose my lumber initially. Some of these boards may wind up being scrap unless I can find a way of getting their cups and warps to behave.
I am definitely seeing how Lumberjocks makes for a great outlet for woodworkers…just taking the time to write my thoughts is calming…where a few hours ago I was ready to take a saws-all to my wood with rage! If anyone has any tips on straightening particularly long boards I would love to heard it. My two ideas right now are:
1) Pre-plane the boards using my Delta lunch-box planer prior to final jointing on my jointer.
2) Trying the old school jointer hand-planing method to get rid of the high spots.
If anyone has any other ideas I would love to hear them. I have a photo of my boards which I will attach to this momentarily.
Until next time,
-- Making mistakes is essential in learning woodworking.