Planing #1: Planing Quarter Sawn Oak with Heavy Ray Flecks

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 12-22-2010 11:02 PM 2700 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When planing S2S lumber, I usually look for the grain slope to avoid tearout. On flat sawn oak this is pretty easy to see. Lately I have been planing some quarter sawn red oak that has heavy flecks like QSWO. You really cannot see the grain direction on this stock. But you can feel it. I found that the lumber is like fish scales – smooth when you feel it in one direction, and rough the other direction. If I take the time to orient the board so it would feel smooth to my hand as it passes under the planer head, I can virtually eliminate any tearout. I use a Dewalt 735 on the 7350 planer stand.

I would also be interested in any custom planer support tables that people have built.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#1 posted 12-23-2010 02:17 AM

The grain direction on qs wood is vertical so there isnt any good way to determine if it will plane better one way or the other. I like to take very light passes when I am close to the final dimension. I use a 735 with 30 inch long infeed and outfeed tables that I built.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#2 posted 02-09-2011 06:50 AM

Checkout HorizontalMike I saw one he built. I use roller stands, but my planer is mounted to a old microwave stand with casters. I roll it outside, set up as many rollers as I need and use a plumb-it level to complete the set up. They are very handy to have, mine adjust from 5’3” closed to 13’10” max.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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