Yeah, I titled this “Making a Board (?)” because that’s what it entails. I have a need for a board that is 17” wide and 93” long, oak along the front edge. Ain’t got one of those handy, so I have to make it out of a salvage piece of pine along with some rough cut red oak. How, you may ask? Well, I doubt that you asked, but I’m certain you know the process is forthcoming. If you know anything about my installments here on LJs, you know a process is forthcoming.
But, I digress. And I’ll digress again before making progress on board-making… So here goes.
To effectively joint 8’ boards using a 6’ bench is tough. And jointing said boards when they’re 14” wide is even harder when there’s a crochet preventing the board’s edge from assuming a comfortable working height when held by the leg vise. So for the first time EVER since building my bench more than three years ago, I removed the crochet. And man, I don’t remember using such long, honking’ lags…
With that off and the board in place, I found one edge had a split repaired with a couple long, finish ‘cut’ nails. That came apart and was glued up.
Here’s the wide board next to the oak pieces that will be drawer fronts as well as ‘front edge’ material.
Turned my attention next to the red oak ‘edger’ board by jointing one edge of that one to mate to the pine that was getting repaired. Chalked a straight line (board was bowed worse than it looks to be in the pic), ended up using the #40 scrub to get it roughly shaped before finishing up with the #5 then Heft and Hubris himself.
A final couple passes with the #95 ensured all was square… (beginning to like that tool)
A couple of passes on the pine board (glue set up fine after a couple hours of errands…) got it nice and straight, and the dry-fit matched up both boards with no light between on the first check! Wow…
Clamps applied, and I’ve made a friggin’ board.
Next installment, I’ll use the panel gauge to mark this board for consistent width, joint it again, then rip it into two pieces to run through the lunchbox planer for consistent thickness. Oh, then glue it back together again. Ah, such fun… :-)
As always, thanks for looking!
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