Learning Curve #12: thanks to the LumberJocks

 Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 04-15-2007 01:08 AM 970 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments
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Today I did another first and I have to thank my LumberJock buddies (especially the WoodWhisperer) for the strategies.

I’m working on a new box (surprise, surprise) and I had a long piece of wood that was rough on both edges. I, of course, wanted to keep one edge rough but the other needed to be straight to make the bottom edge of the box. In the past I’ve worked with 12” long pieces of wood, which I can fit on the mitre saw and I just “eye” it up and cut it off. But this piece of lumber is about 3’ in length and that method was not an option this time.

Dilemma: how do I cut off the irregular edge and keep the board square? (Actually, the first problem was overcoming my anguish at having to cut off a rough edge in the first place—such a waste. I have to tell you that it hurt to think of it being tossed aside.)

My first thought was to have Rick run it along the table saw but I couldn’t see how that would stay straight on the saw. Think.. think… and then a mix of images (based on fellow LumberJock’s strategies) came floating into my mind and I had the “aha” moment.

Solution: Attach the plank to a board that had a straight edge and run the straight edge along the fence of the table saw or bandsaw. “Good plan”, said Rick “but how do you attach it; you can’t clamp it”.

Again the images from my LumberJock/ Woodwhisperer experiences flashed in my head and the second “aha” moment immediately occurred with the answer: “double-sided tape”.

And so, the plank was attached to a board. The board went through the bandsaw. My beautiful little rough edge fell to the floor and I was left with the perfect beginnings for a new box!!

Next time: Next time, we either buy some double-sided tape that is good for this use or I run the wood through the planer AFTER I remove the tape rather than before to ensure that I get all the glue residue off the wood.

Question: is there a better/easier solution?