Milling Lumber and Some Other Stuff

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Blog entry by teenagewoodworker posted 02-09-2008 10:34 PM 2494 reads 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Everybody! In this episode i am going to talk about how to mill lumber with only hand held power tools. This is an important part of woodworking because most boards aren’t jointed and parallel right out of the mill. Also i go through the steps of creating simple coat rack out of poplar so i can paint it. I hope that everyone enjoys the podcast!

  • just a small correction. when i talk about the joinery for the board i say what sounds like “walking rabbit” but i really said locking rabbit.

I hope that everyone liked the podcast. Some time during the week i will be posting the finished coat hanger in my projects section. Remember to tune in sometime in the middle of next week to watch the next podcast. I am getting a miter saw and am making a jewelry box out of Mahogany with beveled corners. i will also show the stain that i prefer to use on hardwoods. See you next week!

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#1 posted 02-09-2008 11:15 PM

Hello Teenage Woodworker.

I hate to say this but you remind me of me when I was your age.

I want to encourage you to keep up the great work, you my friend are going places.
I’m glad that there are younger woodworkers out there like yourself that are not letting this great craft die.
Thankyou for what you’re doing.

All the very best

-- Informing & Inspiring Today’s Woodworkers:

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#2 posted 02-10-2008 12:34 AM

Impressive, great job. Keep at it, you might just have something going there.

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#3 posted 02-10-2008 01:04 AM

Hi Teenage Woodworker!!!

I think you’ve done more with your limited tools than I have with my workshop full. I look forward to your next episode!!


-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#4 posted 02-10-2008 01:50 AM

This is a first rate video. You presented techniques and processes here that are even advanced for some adult woodworkers. Great job!!!! Your joinery for the panel was very imaginative.

I would like to offer one suggestion, as far as your technique goes, and that is to wear a dust mask when routing. Routers make dust- period. Breathing this dust can have long term health problems.

Thanks for sharing and I look forward to your next post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 02-10-2008 02:56 AM

ya, me and my dad are cleaning out our workshop and when we go to Lowe’s/Home Depot Tomorrow i am getting a respirator.

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Bob N

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#6 posted 02-10-2008 03:32 AM

You have a brilliant future ahead of you!

I cannot begin to count the number of us older folks you just made look like an amatuer.

Keep up the excellent work with the emphasis on saftey and thanks for taking the time to do this.

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#7 posted 02-10-2008 12:19 PM

excellent tutorial with lots of tips and tricks!

You are a natural—very relaxed and you know your stuff.

Yup – bring on the next episode!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 02-10-2008 03:28 PM

Great job taww, You’ll make a good teacher someday. You’re doing a fine job. Good shop skills, keep up the good work. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 02-10-2008 04:31 PM


What a great job you are doing! You are a natural on camera.

It’s really cool to see a teenager embracing the craft and working with his hands where so many others have begun to ignore this. It’s also great that you understand that you don’t need a shop full of large fancy tools to do woodworking projects.

You have done such a great job that you are really making it hard for me to have any excuses for not trying to add video to my site…

Keep up the good work!

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#10 posted 02-10-2008 04:42 PM

Another excellent installment, keep it up. I’m looking forward to the finished project, and the next video.

-- Andy Stark

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#11 posted 02-12-2008 05:39 PM

Good on you – well presented and an inspiration to those of us who have forgotten how to do it by hand. We can only hope that there are more teenagers like you who do woodworking outside of the school shop.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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Douglas Bordner

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#12 posted 02-12-2008 07:00 PM

Another great episode of TAWW.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#13 posted 02-12-2008 09:18 PM

Great Job TAWW!..

You’ve convinced me that my next purchase is going to be a router. I’ve been mulling over how to joint some inch thick x 2.5 inch boards to laminate them to make a wider board (also for a coat rack incidentally) – without a true jointer. I’ve got my dad’s fore plane, which I’m going to work on rehabing, but the router will do so many other things.

BTW.. is it safe to be creating fine saw dust near the furnace? Isn’t there a risk that the furnace could ignite the sawdust? Just wondering.

-- - living vicariously through lumberjocks

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#14 posted 02-12-2008 10:04 PM

Well i usually don’t work when the furnace is on and after I’m done i always clean thoroughly so that there is almost no sawdust left in the shop.

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#15 posted 02-13-2008 12:06 AM

Cool – as long as you’re aware of the possibility and taking steps to avoid an issue then you’re good.

-- - living vicariously through lumberjocks

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