|Forum topic by fishinmonkey||posted 01-11-2012 08:52 PM||799 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
01-11-2012 08:52 PM
This summer I cut down a couple of spindly wild cherry trees in my back yard and bucked most of it into stovewood lengths, but left a few larger diameter pieces longer. And then, as luck would have it, was gifted a used Grizzly G0555 band saw with the riser block kit. I figured I could resaw these larger pieced into boards and dry them for future use in jewelry boxes and similar small projects.
I left the logs in the open air and am finally getting around to cutting them up now. Because of our winter rain, they are still fairly wet. I’ve never used a band saw before, and am having a bit of trouble getting the hang of following the saw’s drift, so the boards are coming out a bit on the wavy side. Not a big deal, seeing as anything I can’t use I can burn.
I just picked up a 13” lunchbox planer and thought that maybe I could build a clamping jig to hold the boards steady and then run them through the planer to even their faces out. I did a bit of research on the web, and it sounds like at least some major manufactures of dimensional stock for the cabinetry industry green plane their stock. The benefits, as I understand it, include ensuring even board thickness, so stacks of drying boards sticker better, and more even drying rate (possibly slightly quicker drying times) because of the even surface.
The downside I would worry about would be introducing more sap and moisture into my planer than it is designed for, leading to rust and reduced tool life.
So, does anyone green plane their stock. Would I be ok if I lightly oil the plane’s blades before use (as per manufacture’s recommendation, and then wipe down all reachable surfaces when I’m finished. Any other consideration I should think about.
Thanks is advanced for the help.
-- I like to cut wood apart using various power tools and then screw and/or glue the pieces back together agian. It passes the time.