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04-01-2011 05:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: maple milling tip

I ripped up a pile of 12/4 soft maple boards that were ~9” wide to make posts for a couple of beds. The boards were in the ‘shorts’ bin at the LY an had a bit of twist in them. I now have a stack of posts that are about 3” x 3” and they will have a final dimension of 2.5” square. They didn’t seem to have much movement during the ripping, but how long should I let them sit? Is overnight okay? Could I mill them to final dimensions tonight? Or should I wait a few more days? My workshop is an unheated garage and that’s where they’ve been for ~3 weeks.

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#1 posted 04-01-2011 06:55 PM

Overnight is okay after ripping, but don’t go straight to final
dimension. I always mill in several stages if I want the most
consistent outcome.

I’d let them sit overnight, then mill them down to 2.75” square
and let them sit over another night. Then check to see if there’s
anything weird going on. If no, you can mill to final dimension
with fair confidence. If yes, then sneak up on it by milling 1/16”
off each face a day. This will add an extra day, but it’s worth it.

If twist crops up, don’t be afraid to use a handplane. It’s easy to
remove too much with a jointer when working to get twist out,
and the handplane is a tool that lends a more focused touch.

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#2 posted 04-01-2011 08:40 PM

Sneaking up on the final dimension is sound advice especially in a non-climate controlled environment. Be sure to sticker your milled pieces to give even exposure to all sides.


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