|Forum topic by paratrooper34||posted 588 days ago||1382 views||0 times favorited||27 replies|
588 days ago
Hi All, I am writing this entry to see if any of you are dimensioning rough lumber with only hand tools.
After getting my bench setup to my liking, I decided to give it a workout. The best way I could think of was to dimension some rough lumber as it is quite a workout – for both the bench and me! So I went to my local lumber yard and bought a piece of rough cut pine, 8’x12”1”. When I got home, I cut 2 feet off and went to work. I have a number 5 that I use for all around work, but it is not set up for rough work. So I have this other Stanley number 5 hanging around that I haven’t gotten to since I acquired it with a whole bunch of other planes and saws I found on Craigslist. I took the blade out and sharpened it with a decent camber for hogging out some serious shavings. I used that and got the first face pretty flat. I then used my number 8 to finish off the first face. I used my old wooden jointer (28”) to joint the first edge. Once I had those two edges flat and square, I did the opposite edge. Lastly, I finished off the other face the same way as the first. So a 2’x12”x1” board was finished at 3/4” thick and it took about 30 minutes. And I was sweating. Yes, I could do this on a power planer and jointer and it would be quicker for sure. But, this is why I use handtools: no noise and a broom was all that I needed to clean up. So hopefully this is some inspiration for some of you out there to take the step and dimension the rough stuff, it is not so hard to do. Oh, best thing was that board cost me $6.00!
See the pics to see how it went.