Milling 8/4 lumber into 1" and 3/4" thick boards

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Forum topic by jeffroL posted 06-03-2012 09:16 PM 1406 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-03-2012 09:16 PM

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Folks, keen to hear thoughts.or tips on how I can make the most use of the lumber I purchased. I need 1” and 3/4” thick boards for the Andirondack chairs project I’m working on. Initially I was hoping to buy 4/4 and 5/4 boards for my 3/4” and 1” thick boards respectively. Afetr a good time searching,I find that most lumber suppliers only offer 4/4 and 8/4 thick Spanish cedar.

I’m going to try to get 1” and 3/4” boards out of these 8/4 boards, by resawing and milling. I realize it is cutting it fine…..pardon the pun. Does anyone have thoughts or tips for me?

Many thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 06-03-2012 09:55 PM

Are you doing this by hand or using machinery?

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#2 posted 06-03-2012 11:53 PM

Infernal2: I’m using my bandsaw, jointer and planer.

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#3 posted 06-04-2012 12:32 AM

Not saying it will not happen, but it will be hard. If you want to make those chairs, why not cedar or cypress? Much easier to get and less costly. bob

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#4 posted 06-04-2012 12:40 AM

This will sound silly after your follow up not, but..

Bandsaw, then join, then plane.

Leave a little waste at the bandsaw stage, length and width, and do your final cuts to length after e planing stage.

Good luck!


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#5 posted 06-04-2012 11:43 AM

I’ve done similar thing before, resawing 3/4” stock to get panels for shiplapped backs. Usually works well. I would suggest jointing a face, thickness planing just enough off the other face to get it nice and flat, jointing the edges, and then resawing. This way you’ll end up with already jointed faces on the resawn boards, so they can be thickness planed to clean up the cut face and reduce to the thickness you’re looking for.

As Milo said, leave some excess; unless your bandsaw is perfectly tuned you’ll likely have to do some cleanup on the cut face.

Also, don’t be surprised if you get some movement on either piece. I’ve had a few freak out on me; probably not completely dry.

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