Well for starters . . . I just spent 10 minutes typing this blog . . . and I lost it. ARGG . . . must be the Snipe.
I patiently (year right) waited 4 weeks for my poplar to acclimatize itself to the north atlantic environment and started the first part of my project late yesterday evening – a computer desk\storage unit for my Dear Wife (DW).
I do not have a sled for the TS so I used my trusty 18v Dewalt circular saw to rough cut the boards to 32”. These boards will make the sides and back of the unit. Unfortunately 4 of the pieces turned out ot have a cup – darn. Then I remembered a posting in LJ on how to flatten cupped boards. DW would not let me in the house with dirty coveralls so I had to revert to memory.
I had a 4ft piece of 2×10 spruce that was straight and flat. I laid the poplar on the spruce bow side down and marked locations for 6 screws – 2 at each end and 2 in the middle. I adjusted the height of the screws in the spruce so the poplar would not wobble and marked 8-10 pencil marks across the cupped side of the board.
I fired up the planer and with each successive pass more and more of the pencil lines were disappearing. When all the lines disappeared . . . the board was flat. I then removed the sled, flipped the poplar (now marking the bowed side with pencil marks) and ran it through the planer. After about 4-6 passes the pencil marks were gone and the board was flat.
My original 13/16” board is now around 5/8” – I going to bring them down to ½’.
Only one problem . . . Snipe. Its everywhere !!! I used additional roller stands at the in-feed and out-feed . . . but it snuck in and I don’t know how to get rid of it. I checked the phonebook for Snipe exterminators . . . but there are none. I am overrun with Snipe.
Help ! ? !