Cherry Nightstand #2: Acquiring, sorting, and preparing wood

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Blog entry by Todd posted 02-22-2014 04:43 PM 1673 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m very fortunate to have a sawyer close by that caters specifically to hobbyists. These are very knowledgable and nice folks. Shameless plug: Hobby Hardwood Alabama

Here is a photo of the first batch of rough sawn cherry I chose:

I recently reconfigured and upgraded my dust collector which worked out great because I jointed and planed most of this wood in preparation for this build. This picture shows how well the thien baffle worked:

I have a Grizzly G0452 jointer and a Steel City 40300H planer both of which do a great job preparing the rough cut wood for use.

I then sorted the wood based on the component in my design it would be used for:

It was really helpful to presort the wood this way and avoid waste. I soon found out that although ALL of the wood I bought was very high quality I didn’t do such a good job of selecting wood with consistent coloring and grain pattern. I ended up going back for more wood, being more careful this time. No sweat though. The wood which was not as consistent as I like will be used for the drawer boxes, interior structural pieces, or more cutting boards.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#1 posted 02-23-2014 12:30 AM

When I work with Cherry, one of the things I do as I get ready to apply the finish is wipe on a coat of Cherry stain. This will help tie the different grain patterns of the boards togeather. John

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