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the stairway #3: big beams are done

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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 712 days ago 2849 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: first beams Part 3 of the stairway series Part 4: some assembly required »

Although this part of the project was probably more than I should have tackled with my present setup, the big boys are done. A total after planing & rough sanding of 400 board feet and 25 hours. The 5 together weigh about 1200 lbs.

Although this was tough on the body, what skills I improved because of it has been worth it. I have gotten very with the hand planer (powered). In the beginning many gouges and uneven cuts. Required lots of clean up. I actually killed my first planer. It was a cheap one and with an inexperienced operator, it died on the second beam. But with a much better planer and a now smarter operator, I have hardly any clean up at all.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability



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joewilliams

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#1 posted 712 days ago

What power planer did you use (not the cheap one!) ?

-- Joe - - - something witty should go here - - -

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 712 days ago

Got the Bosch 3-1/4 with dual blades

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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joewilliams

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#3 posted 712 days ago

I was thinking of you today when i cut these from logs freehand with a little 16” Stihl….just some 2ft long cuts from some branches I cut down the other day….nothing even close to those huge beams of yours!

-- Joe - - - something witty should go here - - -

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 712 days ago

For those who have never tried, rip cutting a log is significantly harder than cross cuts.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 712 days ago

Monte, You continue to amaze. You are probably about ready to win a body building competition after all this work! I need to practice more with my hand held power planer as my results are still pretty “groovy”.

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

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Roger

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#6 posted 711 days ago

That’s a gonna be a serious stairway

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Blackie_

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#7 posted 708 days ago

Peeking in to supervise Monte, making sure he’s not slacking on the job. looks like he’s staying hard at it. :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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