|Forum topic by Michael Wilson||posted 08-06-2011 05:20 PM||1998 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
08-06-2011 05:20 PM
So I’ve read an awful lot here and elsewhere. Beginning books on woodworking, magazine articles, etc.
And it’s distinctly possible I’m either sailing over a few details without realizing it or they are so basic as to not be worth writing down.
Let’s say my goal is an 18” square piece of 1” pine.
I’m starting with a 1×12x48.
Here’s what I did. (And yes, this is gonna make you wince.)
1) rip cut it down to 9” on the table saw.
In re-checking afterwards, it turns out those 18” lengths aren’t too bad, but with variable fraction of an inch overage in all cases. (i.e. no undercuts.)
Obviously (I know now, after fighting with a doweling jig all morning, a retainer bushing thingie on the drill bit, etc.) These boards don’t go together as is. So I need to plane or sand things both into square and more precise proper length. (And clean up the rip cut surface.)
I think the two operations are probably distinct (but i could see them involving the same operation.) Cleaning the ‘mating faces’ of the boards, and shaving the rough ends into line.
Can ya point me in the right direction here? I don’t want to remove so much material with a hand power sander that I end up making a bigger mess.