|Forum topic by PJwood||posted 10-05-2015 08:09 PM||590 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
10-05-2015 08:09 PM
I cut on the small sawmill Eastern red cedar boards that are about 14’ long, 16” wide and 2.5” thick. This is to make a dinner table (oval shape, long diameter about 10-11’, short diameter about 5’).
Out of the sawmill, the boards are neither really flat, nor are the edge true or 90 degree. The wood is air drying on sticker boards and the moisture content reading I have are around 17-19% -much variation!-).
What would you recommend to true those boards to reduce (eliminate?) gaps between the boards, keep the edges 90 degree from the flat surface and reduce and finally attach the boards together. The surface of the table can be a single unit as it will be “floating” over the leg support, so wood movement of the whole surface should not be much of a concern.
True the face then the edges? or the edge then the face? Even if I had a jointer big enough for such boards they would be too heavy for me to carry over a jointer. Using a router and a metal guide sounds good, but a 11-12’ metal bar? where do I get that?
Surfacing? also too heavy (and wide) for my dewalt planer.. A small hand held planer ? I always make marks that are hard to sand away…
A long plane? I haven’t used one in 40 years and I was not good with those…
A router on a carriage, sounds good but I would have to build the carriage, or I could do in 2 parts of about 2.5’ each and use the tracks of the sawmill to support the carriage…
Any obvious easy and cheap solution I am missing? Help from experienced folks would be much appreciated!
-- Delicately crafted firewood specialist