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08-10-2012 01:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lumber prep question

This may have come up before but I thought it would make a good topic – especially for the new LJ’s. I was wondering if you guys prepare your lumber as you get it in the shop (after it has acclimated) or as you need it?

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#1 posted 08-10-2012 01:32 PM

I prep the entire batch needed for the project at hand…. that way I can ensure all the like thickness piecess get their final pass through the planer during the same set up.

I’ve had quite a few rough cut boards twist up in my lumber rack, and I’d hate to pour labor into wood only to see a finished board warp on the racks and wind up in the firewood pile.

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#2 posted 09-09-2012 04:54 AM

I agree with ssnvet and just work with the wood for the current project. I dimension everything and always include some extra pieces for machine set up of in case something doesn’t work out with the intended pieces.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 09-09-2012 07:25 AM

I just work it up as I need it for a project. The rest stays in the wood room.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#4 posted 09-09-2012 11:27 AM

Yup, as needed. When I start a project I always break a long board down to pieces near the size I need and then mill them up. With the lumber I get I’d loose a lot more thickness if I tried to mill the entire 8’-14’ board at one time.

-- John

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#5 posted 09-09-2012 12:05 PM

As needed, and always plane the shortest length possible, i.e. cut your rough stock to rough length for each piece of the project, then plane.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#6 posted 09-09-2012 10:34 PM

Good idea LT15. I can’t tell a lot by your photo (because its too small – and my eyes are too bad), but it looks just like a Wood-Mizer my best friend has (except his is portable). There have been times I’ve thought about getting one, but when my good bud has one, there’s no need to….. as long as I don’t piss him off.

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#7 posted 09-10-2012 01:23 AM


It is a LT15. It is actually for sale. I posted it on this site today in the Swap and Trade Board.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#8 posted 09-13-2012 02:35 PM

I guess lumber would not include found wood.. which sits around for years. I let things “acclimate”, but I check out each wood first.. some I know will dry funky and twist on me, so I cut them down a bit so there are no surprises as I work it later… but most just sit around awaiting my attention.. the poor things.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#9 posted 09-13-2012 05:06 PM

I buy most of my wood wholesale as kiln dried 8/4 rough in 16 foot lengths. I will run each face through the thickness planer to remove most of the rough and so I can see the grain pattern. Then it is onto the wood rack for storage. I try to buy 3 – 4 months’ supply at a time (quantity discount).

When it comes time to do a project I pull wood off the rack, select what I need + extra and cross cut it off the 16’ boards. The remaining board(s) go back on the rack.

I then flatten one face and join an edge. Then it is off to the resaw bandsaw for cutting to proper thickness + 1/8”. I will then stack this wood and put a rough board on top for weight.

Since woodworking is not my full time job, it will be a couple of days before I get back to it.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#10 posted 09-13-2012 05:08 PM

As needed….you want it straight just before you use it.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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