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Forum topic by MjdTexan posted 11-24-2010 03:45 AM 952 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-24-2010 03:45 AM

I made a bench that has three drawers in it. I messed up and didnt think about what I was going to use for drawer fronts. They need to be 7½” tall. I knew I didnt have the material to build the drawer fronts and figured I would run up to the local box store and pick up some half inch thick by 8 inch stock. Wrong. They only offer it in 6 inch stock when ½ thick. I do not yet own a jointer and am unable to joint the edge for a glue together panel. Any idea

I mean other than to plan better. I do own a band saw but the darn thing is broke again. I am waiting on a tech to service it and it seems they are backed up.

-- BBQ Master, Beginning Woodworker. Avid Gardener.

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#1 posted 11-24-2010 03:55 AM

Do you know anyone with a planer? Just buy 3/4” stock and plane it down. That’s the only other option I can think of.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 11-24-2010 06:53 AM

I dont. I’ve really only just gotten serious about learning and have not made those connections yet. Looks like I need to make some woodworking friends. What I plan on doing is getting a planer and jointer as I can afford them. I’ve managed to get the other stuff. That stuff will come. I might have to shelve this bench for a while. I think its pretty neat. I plan on doing some hidden compartments.

-- BBQ Master, Beginning Woodworker. Avid Gardener.

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#3 posted 11-24-2010 07:14 AM


They have all sorts of lumber, in various types and sizes. May have to wait a few days, but at least you will get what you want.

Oh, try Rockler, sometimes they have that kind of lumber.

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#4 posted 11-24-2010 07:23 AM

If you do a search on this site, you can find several ways to plane down lumber with a router

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 11-24-2010 11:51 AM

you could use 1/2 plywood and then wrap the edges with a beading to hide the ply edge.

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#6 posted 11-24-2010 03:18 PM

Thank Yall. I will search. I had not thought of planing one down with a router. I’ve got routers. . Bent, I am new, I dont know how to wrap edges yet.

-- BBQ Master, Beginning Woodworker. Avid Gardener.

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#7 posted 11-24-2010 08:37 PM

MjdTexan, Do you have a cabinet shop nearby, or a Vocational school? They may be able to plane stock to 1/2” thickness for a nominal fee, or know someone who could. As Gary stated you could make a planing sled to use with your router. No time like the present to learn new Technics. Just a thought, as I hate to see anyone bench a project that may be forgotten.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#8 posted 11-24-2010 08:47 PM

PM me, I may be able to help you out…

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#9 posted 11-25-2010 03:50 AM

If you have a 10” table saw, set the fence at 5/8” the blade should cut up to 4”, flip it over and cut the other 4” then hand plane or belt sand.

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#10 posted 11-25-2010 06:28 AM

Or, if you don’t have anything else to do, it’s only 6 hours from your place to mine. I have a planner, drum sander, jointer….. you’re welcome to use them

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#11 posted 11-25-2010 06:42 AM

Either plane down 3/4 stock or glue up some 1/2” from multiple pieces.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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