|Forum topic by tealetm||posted 03-09-2016 07:14 PM||400 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
03-09-2016 07:14 PM
I just picked up some cherry slabs for my first real project in a while.
Our first child is on the way (September) so I’ve begun to think about cribs. There are a ton of designs and discussions on them, so I won’t bore you with the same questions. I’ve already done the debate of build versus buy.
I found a local deal on cherry slabs- $3/bdft and just picked up a bunch (local lumberyard gets $8/bdft). The guy runs a tree service and three years ago came across this cherry that he just couldn’t bear to cut up for firewood. This was his first time doing it, but he brought it to a local mill, had it cut, and its been drying/stacked since in his garage. He hoped he would one day use it, but he realized he wont.
Anyway- so I picked up a variety of boards, most are just over 1.25” thick, 10’ lengths and 15” wide. I did grab one 2 7/8” thick slab just because I couldn’t pass it up. Its got a decent twist to it over its length, but if i use it for the legs it should be fine
A few questions:
-I won’t be starting this project for a few months yet, so I’ll be storing the wood in a dry barn until then (stacked for airflow.) Any other suggestions?
-I’d like to rough cut all the pieces to length and plane/joint them. The wood is pretty straight and true, but I’m thinking that shorter pieces will obviously make it easier to work with but will also be easier to true up instead of feeding full length boards through it. Correct? (I’m not talking planing to get the twists out, just to get the correct thickness)
-I have access to a small planer and jointer and have a large topped old craftsman tablesaw along with all the other hand tools I’ll need. Am I going to asking too much from a portable dewalt planer if I get the boards to the right width and length? Or is this just too much overall length of material for that little planer?
-Any other suggestions to get me going in the right direction?
Here are some photos of the wood (the only crack is at the end of the thick board, and thats the only one that has a twist in it). Ignore the prices on the tags.