Just for Fun... #79: Milling around...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 10-08-2013 02:17 PM 1713 reads 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I spent this Sunday just milling around in the shop, finally facing up to the rest of the slab of Bubinga that was bought last February…
The slab was about 14” wide to begin with… I had begun by slicing it roughly in half to make it more manageable and also to gather some experience with the new Band Saw and Planer; Experience, that was sorely needed!
When all was said and done, there was quite a little pile of “mistake” wood…

Of course I’ll find uses for most of that, but I wanted to see if I could do better… I began by cutting the remainder of the slab down to 30 1/2”, then ran the two pieces through the Planer…

The smaller of these two, I stashed away for some later date, when I might need some thicker stock… With the larger, I made a quick straightening cut, the better to accommodate the next step…

I like to make boxes, and for those boxes I really like stock that’s around 3/8” thick… My desire then, was to try to get four lengths of 3/8” stock out of this… To that end, I set-up the Table Saw to 7/16” with the tall fence, and then marked an edge and one of the sides of the slab to keep track of it…

I made a re-saw, then planed the remaining slab, then re-sawed again… Only when all the cuts were made, did I plane all the cut-offs… That way, they would all be a uniform thickness…

I was on a roll, and decided to re-saw my remaining Walnut too! And since I hadn’t taken any pictures of the Bubinga cutting, here is the simple process…
A quick cut on either side with the Table Saw…

A free-hand cut through the middle with the Band Saw (I used a couple of useful pieces of Poplar as “riders” to hold up the piece nice and straight!)

And then a few trips through the Planer and Presto!

All that was left was the clean-up… After significant cutting like this, I even take a minute to clean under the Table Saw… All told, I filled four small bags full of Sawdust…

Bottom line: I lost about an inch of wood from the original 10/4” thickness of the Bubinga… I couldn’t tell you whether that’s good yield or not, but it certainly gives me some decent Woods to have some Fun with!! :)

8 October 2013

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 10-08-2013 02:21 PM

nice yield there Mike.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 10-08-2013 02:27 PM

Those resawn pieces look really nice, Mike.

I like the method you used to start the resaw process- using the table saw. It looks like that makes it a less taxing on the band saw and it gives you a nice “line” to follow.

Looking forward to seeing more boxes!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 10-08-2013 02:29 PM

Mike that is a great yield especially with that size of stock
You sure do take the bull by the horns.
I look forward to see the box.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 10-08-2013 02:33 PM

Thanks for that tip about using the “riders” to keep the piece you are resawing straight Mike.
That is one I’m going to use the next time I resaw.
That wood is mighty nice looking as well.
Something tells me things of beauty are coming… :D

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#5 posted 10-08-2013 03:30 PM

great progress michael

now that you know how

getting lumber is cheaper
if you mill it yourself
it becomes second nature after a while

the milling process makes the same amount of waste (sawdust)
wether you get it milled from them
or do it yourself
so why pay them for that

and the added attraction
is that if you need a thicker piece for something special
you can just mill that
and still make thiner ones from the rest

glad you got more ‘ready’ wood
for some sweet new boxes

-- 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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#6 posted 10-08-2013 03:57 PM

Great work Mike. You got some really nicely cut and planed pieces for your boxes.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 10-08-2013 07:54 PM

Way to go Mike! It’s always a little scary milling nice wood like that but you did good. I think your yield/waste ratio is very reasonable. I just bought a Woodmizer off CL yesterday so we’ll see how that works.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 10-08-2013 09:15 PM

A great way to spend the time, making more wood.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 10-08-2013 11:45 PM

Thanks Everybody for your kind words and thoughts!
PurpLev: I’d like to think it’s a good yield Sharon, but I don’t really have any point of reference… I never worked at a Saw Mill! But I’m happy with what I got…
Lew: The blade is doing a lot less work this way Lew, there’s simply less wood to cut… As I said in the last blog, I can’t afford to change out to a new blade every third or fourth cut… I’m using Timberwolf blades (and those are supposed to be pretty good ones) but at $30 a whack, I need to get some usage out of them!
Jamie: They say that, “Some days you get the Bull, other days the Bull gets you…”
Me? I’d rather leave the Bull be!
Thank You Kind Sir…
Woodwrecker: Eric, I tried the regular flat fence, and I tried the “single point” fence too… With both of those I had way too much blade wander… Three Cheers for folks who have a great Band Saw!! But some of us don’t have the best, so we do what we must…
The first re-sawing I ever did was on a 3” x 4” cribbing block, and it worked fairly easily, because of the wideness of the wood… So since then I’ve been trying to simulate the same wide base… The Poplar riders “technique” works for me!
Patron: Thank You David… It was you, of course, who suggested the cuts with the TS first… There’s not as much lost from the process as people would imagine, especially after all the Planing involved, just as you have said!
I have some Good News I’ll E-mail you later… :)
Stefang: Work it is Mike, but now it’ll be Play time, at least for a little while…
gfadvm: LJ’s is a funny place isn’t it… I can spell my good Friend gfadvm’s name without even looking (can even pronounce it!) LoL
I was cutting as I went with the first half Andy, and that just wasn’t working, so I went for it…
What’s a Woodmizer???
doubleDD: Time it took indeed Dave! All told, it was probably 4 or 5 hours worth…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#10 posted 10-09-2013 12:14 AM

The Woodmizer I bought is a gasoline powered bandsaw mill.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 10-09-2013 01:03 AM

Okay, I heard the name before but forgot what it was
Good for You! You’ll have some Fun with that!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#12 posted 10-09-2013 02:50 AM

That looks pretty good from here and the only thing that I would do different is use a thin kerf & 1/4” blade in my table saw because of the smaller kerf ,may give you an extra board .
I just use a flat fence clamped to my cheap RIDGID band saw and track the blade on the crown of the wheel ,got this from a VIKING band saw blade web site and it works for me, nice and even cuts .

-- Kiefer

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#13 posted 10-09-2013 11:00 PM

Mike, I think you were at a disadvantage to start with, that Bubinga is almost as hard as iron wood, haha, Ouch! on the mistakes, I also liked your methods.

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#14 posted 10-10-2013 09:22 AM

Keifer: That’s a good idea on the thin kerf TS blade, and I have been wanting to get one of those… On the Band Saw, I had the blade set pretty good and my home-made straight fence worked perfect… for the first two cuts that were made with it last spring…
After that, I started to get results that were just awful… I am in no way qualified enough to suggest any way over another, but cutting this way works for me, even with a blade that’s less sharp…
Blackie: The stuff is as hard as nails, but the scraps should make some great hinge and pull material… I’ll even use some of the really thin stuff for Scroll work so it won’t go completely to waste…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#15 posted 10-12-2013 09:12 PM

Some bee-u-tee-ful wood. I see something spectacular in the future. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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