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Torque Workcentre at work.. #3: Surfacing an endgrain block.

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Blog entry by degoose posted 07-16-2009 12:29 AM 1685 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As you all know trying to flatten a large endgrain butcher block can be a little tricky.
I use a 16 – 32 drum sander and it is fine for small blocks but this bugger was large and heavy [2 1/2 ” thick]. BTW Purple Heart and New Guinea Rosewood
Using the new surfacer head on the router on the the new wee beastie made flattening this block a breeze.
The depth of cut is set and the fore and aft axis is locked while allowing movement sideways. Starting at the front of the block a small pass is made and then the head returned to the starting position and cutter moved towards the back of the table a small amount.. roughly 1 inch or so. Repeat until finished.. only about 5 minutes!
Now that it is flat, a small amount of sanding will finish it up nicely.

That me/

And thats Stuart with the camera.

The block is flat and the lines are just marks left by the cutter and do not step up or down.
Just a little moisture to bring out the color and grain.
This cutter made more dust than the vacuum could handle efficiently .. normal use and it is fine.
All these projects will be in video form soon.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...



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moshel

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#1 posted 07-16-2009 12:37 AM

tricky is an understaement, i once spent two days trying to level one (I have no drum sander, so its belt sander, planes and ROS) and the end result was still marginal. actually thats why i asked for the model of the cutter. i was going to make a router jig for surfacing.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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Karson

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#2 posted 07-16-2009 12:37 AM

Thats a great job Larry.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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patron

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#3 posted 07-16-2009 12:47 AM

cool tool ,
looks like you are having fun too !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 07-16-2009 01:12 AM

That is IMPRESSIVE!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#5 posted 07-16-2009 01:22 AM

Hey Larry
This is a great tool can’t say it enough. You really know a good thing when you see it. Really cool job on the thick cutting board.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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cabinetmaster

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#6 posted 07-16-2009 01:27 AM

Larry’s a showoff. Gets a new toy and has to intimidate all the rest of us….................LOL

Larry, just kidding. Looks like you are finding this new toy to be very beneficial in your shop. Pretty soon the rest of us will be wanting one to play with.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#7 posted 07-16-2009 01:48 AM

I already do. But no space

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#8 posted 07-16-2009 01:50 AM

Two and a half inches thick ?
WOW, Larry , How many generations do you think it will be passed down through ? LOL…....
Or maybe you’re going to resaw it into several boards ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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cabinetmaster

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#9 posted 07-16-2009 01:50 AM

Same here Rustic….............LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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degoose

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#10 posted 07-16-2009 02:07 AM

This bad boy has a little brother.. does a lot of the things the bigger model does but no sideways travel. Fore and aft only. The post and arm are the same. Footprint is under 4 ’ square and costs around AU$2,000 with router [plus shipping]

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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cabinetmaster

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#11 posted 07-16-2009 02:10 AM

Now he really trying to intimidate us….............LOL

Larry, I’ll keep this on my dream list for now. But I really would like to have one.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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degoose

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#12 posted 07-16-2009 02:17 AM

I will be posting more of this machine,,, with video,,,, with attachments for a drill and a saw.
One thing I was able to do was rip a 1/16” strip off a plywood board with a 7 1/2 Makita circular saw and using a diamond blade cut sandstone. Cross cut capability is 1200 mm with the optional 1300 mm arm!
With a drill you can use it as a radial arm drill and also angle drill.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#13 posted 07-16-2009 02:44 AM

Glad you is enjoying your new toy.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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degoose

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#14 posted 07-16-2009 02:45 AM

Charles, thank you for your kind comments and yes I am having a lot of fun with the new toy.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 07-16-2009 03:09 AM

Hi Larry;

I mentioned in an email, I had considered making such a device. I do use the same principle using a router and “sled” for shaping the round bases for a table I’ve been working on:

http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com/Building_a_Dining_Room_Table_part_3.html

Creating a similar sled for flattening a board is a pretty simple project, and for surfacing large boards, it can’t be beat.

Very nice blog!! Thanks for sharing this with us

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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