This is a topic just about flogged to death everywhere by lots of very knowledgable woodworkers. so I thought I should give it a go if only to exercise all the effort so many woodworkers have put into demonstrating the various methods and practices.
So here we go:
I was fortnunate enough to get a couple of small pieces of Water/Swamp Gum today.
I brought it all inside and had a good look at it
There are six pieces all up
One had a lot of twists and was just about small enought to fit into my thicknesser so I cut it up into useable sizes, one to see if I could remove the twists and two to see what the timber looked like finished.
The piece on the right was my first run
The twist was the worst in this piece so I took to it with my Arbour tec planner to get it to a reasonable working flatness.
The finished result was so good I decided to do the other two,
Without boring everybody too much here are some progress photos:
Side 1 first run
Side 1 complete
Side 2 first run
Side 2 progress, I added this as the final photo is blured and the features spoiled.
Side 2 complete
I then did a third run and finished up with these pieces.
Surprisingly easy to flatten the twists.
There is a slight variation in the final finished three pieces but generally for the second and third run there was about 6mm removed from each side.
The first one is thinner and it looks to have had up to 8 to 10mm per side removed so there is a massive timber loss flattening badly twisted timber.
-- Regards Robert