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Blog series by degoose updated 02-03-2012 09:31 AM 7 parts 31202 reads 130 comments total

Part 1: Sourcing the timber.

01-23-2012 10:03 AM by degoose | 8 comments »

Many of you have asked where I get my timber… Well I will let you in on a little secret…[For all the Australian Readers.] Even though I have nearly 20 tonnes of timber in stock, when I need a special piece I go and see Trevor Gaskiel at Northgate [Brisbane] Trevor, an accomplished and highly acclaimed woodworker, is a timber merchant specialising in Tasmanian Timbers. All who frequent the Timber shows around Australia, will know Trevor and most probably have bought ti...

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Part 2: Dressing the boards..

01-27-2012 11:46 AM by degoose | 17 comments »

Having sourced the timber it was time to cross cut to size and rip to width.. The board is going to be 650 mm by 400 mm [26 in by 16 in] so I cut the pieces to 850 mm [34 in] taking in the 3mm [1.8 in] kerf for each cross cut in the next step….. and sized them to 50 mm [2 in] thick. This will leave a little extra to hold against the fence when crosscutting and maybe a little left over the make a small herb board to match… Then each piece was ripped to the desired width...

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Part 3: Crosscutting..

01-28-2012 07:48 AM by degoose | 25 comments »

Well, the first blank was in clamps over night… Now a few light passes through the drum sander. This board is too large just to push against the fence to cross cut the engrain slices and I have not made a sled for my new table saw so I attached a block of wood to the incra mitre guage and used it backwards. By backwards I do not mean I cut backwards… just had the guage on the other side of the blank as I pushed it forward… To hold it steady I clamped the blank ...

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Part 4: What does it weigh?

01-29-2012 08:17 AM by degoose | 18 comments »

A few folks asked about the weight of the board I am making… so I got the old scales out… Here is the result… Nearly 7.5 kilograms [kg] and for our American Cousins who prefer imperial measurements… just over 16 pounds [lb] [Tip… I number each piece on the end with chalk so that I can reassembly the board in the right order… and chalk washes off…]

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Part 5: Let the sanding begin.

01-31-2012 12:30 PM by degoose | 24 comments »

The board is all assembled, glued and out of the clamps for a day… off to the drum sander to true up both surfaces…[there is always a little slip] ...top and bottom. This is done slowly avoiding any burning of the endgrain.. which will require more sanding to remove.. Then begins the multi steps of Random Orbital Sanding… from 80 grit through 100, 120, 150 and 220. Lastly a burnish with 1500… optional. Here we are after the first sanding with 80 grit̷...

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Part 6: Shipping to the USA?

02-02-2012 11:41 PM by degoose | 15 comments »

My largest board yet would cost between AU$94.80 [best part of a hundred bucks US and take several weeks] and AU$228.95 [US$240.00 and a few days] to send to the states…I don’t think the US is going to be my target market with these big boards… although you never know…With my prices low and shipping high… I may still be in with a chance over the top end of the market there…What say you all?

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Part 7: The part I look forward to...

02-03-2012 09:31 AM by degoose | 23 comments »

The oiling.

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