|Forum topic by KevinBlair||posted 10-01-2012 01:22 AM||965 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
10-01-2012 01:22 AM
I think I am mostly double checking that I am doing things right and I would appreciate thoughts and feedback:
I need to take some rough cut birch to finished quality for face frames and door rails & stiles (some may remember an earlier post about making kitchen cabinets where I asked about using plywood for these parts and all of the advice was to use “real” wood; so here I am).
I have a small 4” jointer (older Craftsman from estate sale), but several good hand planes (e.g., 9”, 14” and a big, wide 22” one—all flat, sharp and working great). I also bought a Porter-Cable Planer from CPO a few weeks ago.
To start the boards are 4/4 rough cut birch. I used the EZ-Pro “Tru-Edger” clamp system on my table saw to cut my first board from just over 8” wide into 2 4” wide pieces. I then ran the newly table saw cut “good” edge of these 4” pieces through the jointer a few times.
I then tried using the 4” jointer to flatten one side of one of the 4” boards, but it seemed to take forever and I couldn’t seem to a get the cupping out.
I then tried with the hand planes.
It seemed much faster with the hand planes. I was able to get the board face smooth pretty quickly. I then ran the board through the planer until I had it down to 3/4” and virtually all of the cupping was gone.
I then used the hand planes to flatten/straighten the other edge. Lastly I ran that edge through the jointer for a few passes.
In the end, I have 2 4” wide boards that are 3/4” thick and roughly 3 & 7/8” wide.
So, have I missed any steps here? Do I have my four sides square and parallel?
I like using the hand planes. It feels like I am more of a woodworker, saves me from buying a better jointer, and I get some exercise. But still, I need to be sure the final outcome is right and that I can make the doors without fear of problems later.