Two boards, and some tools: working down some rough sawn wood

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 04-09-2013 06:09 PM 1981 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have two planks. One is a Black Walnut 4/4 by 6” by 30” long. There other? Well, here is a clue

Lovely, ain’t it? More on that one in a bit. I went after the Walnut plank, looking to smooth the faces of it first. A little time with a #6 small jointer, and a #5 Jack plane, and one face was ready for a smooth plane

Bandsawn from a log awhile ago. Saw marks were easy to clean off. The edges were a little more work. One was almost done, just had a low spot in the middle. Got that edge straightened out and “true” then it was time for the “Ugly side” on the edge. Scribed a pencil line, just to show much much was going to go, and got the #6 and the #6c after it

Just under this #6c, you can see a bit of BARK. As for the other #6?

After awhile, things were starting to look a little better

And after checking it out with a straightedge

Found both ends were abit on the high side. More shavings, check again with the level, and finally it was ready for a smoother to go the length

Now , about that mystery board. I got out a saw, and cut off the worse of the junk. Still had some issues

Like BIG splits, and BIG nails. Hand saw worked pretty good, though

Got some bolt cutters after those long spikes, making it easier to pull them out

Might too wide for my vise, so a clamp on one end, and a screw along the edge, driven low enough so as not to get hit by a plane. Used a scrap board under the claws to help pull those nails. Next, I have a Corsair Jack plane, with a cambered iron. Gave it a go on the rough stuff

Once it’s turn was done, got out the #6s again, and went the length of the board, until all the nasty stuff was gone

Then a few trips with a smooth plane, and ONE side is done.

Still have the edges, and the other face to smooth out. Lunch is ready, so….....until next time.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 04-09-2013 06:32 PM

Nice to see some one else working gnarly stock by hand. Keep it up!

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#2 posted 04-09-2013 10:51 PM

and now, the other face of this old plank.

All clamped up, and ready to be scrubbed down. I had a choice between a #5 jack set up as a cambered fore plane

iron was re-ground into an 8” radius. Plane is by Corsair. Or, I could use a small scrub plane

Ithas a 3” radius ( or somewhere close to that) on it’s iron. Hungry little devil. Both were used across the grain. For the Diagonal plane work, I went with a little bit bigger plane

A #6c. Made all the diagonal cuts, then with the grain, to get rid of the high spots. Followed up with a Smooth plane

I checked for flatness, not with a straightedge, but just the side of the plane I was using. Board is now flat and 3/4” thick. Next, the edge grain

Dippity-do city. Ran the jack plane down the edge until it was almost smooth, and square. Then ran the smooth plane in one final pass

Edge grain now looks a little bit better?

As for the shavings?

Board is now ready for a project. Didn’t take all that long, either.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#3 posted 04-10-2013 12:29 AM

I think that board would make a bunch of really nice toothpicks!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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