Tool Tip #15: Flattening Timber

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 10-13-2014 09:53 AM 1275 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

Final thickness:

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 Rob

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#1 posted 10-13-2014 03:19 PM

Twist can be unfun. That looks like some nice lumber you got there Robert and the planing went well.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 10-19-2014 11:11 PM

Very nice “small” pieces.

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

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