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Forum topic by BinghamtonEd posted 06-25-2015 02:41 PM 976 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BinghamtonEd

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06-25-2015 02:41 PM

Well, I guess I got greedy last night. I needed some 60” long by 2” wide strips of 5/4. I had a few 7.5”+ wide boards of air-dried, rough-cut ash reamining, so I figured I could get these last few strips out, and not have to go buy more. “Cut them to 2.5 wide,” my brain told me, “it’ll be fine.” Well, about 25-30% of the strips I cut bowed like crazy after cutting them on the bandsaw. Looking back, I’m surprised the number was that low. At 65 cents per bd ft, I’m not losing much money, I’m just peeved that I have to explain to my wife that “I have enough for that” just turned into “I need more.”

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.


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cdaniels

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#1 posted 06-25-2015 03:14 PM

sounds like you need to adjust your fence for drift! been there done that and still make the same mistake, hopefully we will learn before we screw up something expensive.

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#2 posted 06-25-2015 03:16 PM

Not sure if that was a joke, or serious. The fence had nothing to do with it. I cut along my line, the stress in the wood must have been relieved in doing so, because the wood warped.

If anyone is looking to build a large letter ‘C’ (hey, it’s for cookie), I have some ash I’d be willing to make a good deal on.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#3 posted 06-25-2015 03:20 PM

Ed, it always amazes me how a chunk of perfectly square wood can turn into a nightmare after resawing. I always cut big because I know I’ll have to remill the thinner pieces. The challenge of woodworking…

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#4 posted 06-25-2015 03:24 PM



Ed, it always amazes me how a chunk of perfectly square wood can turn into a nightmare after resawing. I always cut big because I know I ll have to remill the thinner pieces. The challenge of woodworking…

- DKV

Agreed, I’m going to cut the next ones at 3”. I think, had these pieces been less than 60”, they would’ve been OK.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#5 posted 06-25-2015 03:27 PM

You can sticker them and weight them down. They might straighten up. I did that with some 2×2 pine which as everyone knows is boat material. Came out pretty straight for use in smaller lengths.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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BinghamtonEd

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#6 posted 06-25-2015 03:37 PM

Thanks for the suggestion, Russel. I’ve got them stickered today, and tonight I’ll start initial jointing and planing. We’ll see how bad they look when I get home. If they’re too bad, I have enough stock left to cut two more, oversized this time, and I’ll chop the bad ones in half and stick them in the scraps bin, they’ll end up as bottle openers or something small.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#7 posted 06-25-2015 03:39 PM

Just do some curved back chair rails out of it.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#8 posted 06-25-2015 04:08 PM

Just make sure you use a lot of weight.
When I sticker my rough lumber, I have over 700 pounds of block or water as wood can be hard to flatten, or even sometimes the warping during drying can knock 2 30 gallon drums of water right off the top.

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BinghamtonEd

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#9 posted 06-25-2015 04:10 PM

This wood was already at 12-13% (taken from a fresh cross-cut near the center of the board).

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#10 posted 06-26-2015 01:14 AM

Sounds like growth stress. It can be bad in ash.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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#11 posted 06-26-2015 01:19 AM

Just don’t tell your wife and get what you need. Remember, what she don’t know won’t hurt her!

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#12 posted 06-26-2015 12:01 PM

Well I got out there last night and had only enough time to joint a face and edge on each piece, I’m hoping to get a first planing pass later this afternoon, depending on how the kids are (wife is sick now). Out of all the pieces, I think I have 2 or 3 that will need to be re-cut from the last remaining ash board. There were 2 boards that, after face jointing, were down to around 7/8 on the ends. I’d like the top and lower shelf of this table to be close to, if not at, an inch. I don’t have quite enough ash to do the full 22” top, so I’m planning on throwing a couple thinner strips of cherry into the lamination.

By the way, this will be a table for my wife’s classroom at school. She is a choir teacher, and often needs a place to sort music, stack folders, organize things. The end dimensions will be 72” long, 22” deep, and 36” high. Legs should end up 2.25” square, using the stickley method for laminating legs, and will have mortise and tenon joints throughout (just snagged a used mortise off CL, so I’ve been itching to use it).

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#13 posted 06-26-2015 12:13 PM

Looking good. I think if you could straighten them up during assembly they should be fine. Even at 3/4” the shelves should hold a lot of weight.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#14 posted 06-26-2015 12:20 PM

Agreed, I just like the look of a 1” top on a table this size. I’m going to try and get the two new pieces milled out of my last 5/4 board, and if it works, I’ll be happy. If not, I’ll just have to go a bit thinner on the top.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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