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Texchappy

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829 days ago

Finally about to get started on my first project. I got the lumber – poplar. I’ve got the dimensions for what I want it to hold (a torque wrench). My question revolves around the ‘fudge room’ I leave. When I’m cutting out the boards for each part – should I leave any ‘extra’ and if so how much?

TIA,
Tony

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Bill White

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#1 posted 829 days ago

Is the wood dry, finish planed, or rough sawn? What kinda joinery are ya gonna use?
This info will help us answer.
Bill

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#2 posted 829 days ago

The wood is dry and somewhat planed. I was thinking about jumping right in and doing dovetails.

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#3 posted 829 days ago

One might want to practice on scrap first, and then practice some more.

Patience my friend.

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#4 posted 829 days ago

Well, are ya good a DTs? If new at the process, you might want to practice some before you dimension the lumber.
Plane as needed to final thicknesses, allow the wood to sit for a few days to allow for any “wiggle”, cut to final dimensions and DT away.
Bill

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#5 posted 829 days ago

For me it depends on the size of the piece that I am cutting my parts from. If I am not going to have a useful cut off than I will cut quite long or wide. If the stock is twisted or bent than I cut very close to the final size to reduce the waste from bringing the stock to square. If your equipment leaves snipe you will want to cut long if you can. I often rip twisted stock into thin strips, flatten one side and then edge glue them back togather again.to keep from having to lose so much thickness. Study the wood before you cut it.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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