The joy of surfacing lumber.

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Forum topic by WhittleMeThis posted 09-04-2009 07:46 PM 991 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-04-2009 07:46 PM

Ah what fun, as many may know I am more than happy to pay a lumber mill their going rate to surface lumber. But given the current economic environment, I have more time than projects so I decided to surface about 100 BF of 4/4 and about 30 BF of 8/4. Well after about 2+ hours I am done on the jointer with one face and edged done, planing is next, but I needed a break. I can only imagine what surfacing 100 bf must have been like in the 18th century (where can I get a small army of unpaid apprentices? lol)

I’d rather be building, but oh well back to work.

Later all.

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#1 posted 12-01-2009 03:34 PM

Most lumber mills plane lumber in a two step process. First the stock goes through a roughing planer which typically has top and bottom helical carbide cutterheads. The feed is a series of foam filled tires that feed the stock without flattening it against the bed. This allows equal stock to be taken off both faces(if it’s set correctly) removing a lot of cup, dirt etc while exposing the color and grain at full thickness or 1/16” under. Then the stock goes through a cabinet planer which is usually high speed steel for a better finish. If you buy the stock just through the roughing planer, a lot of the “bull” work is done, the dirt is removed, it’s flatter and you can select the color and grain before you cut. Usually less than half the price of the total 2 step process.

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