|Forum topic by Fettler||posted 12-07-2012 04:41 AM||1826 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
12-07-2012 04:41 AM
Hello, I recently acquired some 1.25” planks of what i thought was solid douglas fir reclaimed from stadium bleacher seats (probably from a public park or school baseball field). I cut the 16’ planks down into 8’ planks for easier transport using my mitre saw and took it home. After getting the wood unloaded i realized there is actually a 1/8” to 3/16” layer of MDF on the outside of the wood (see image).
The boards are varying width, but a minimum of 10” wide. My Dewalt (375) 13” planner can only take off 1/32” per pass so each board takes about 12-15 passes. This also generates a lot of waste material (maybe 10 gallons). With emptying garbage bags, setup time and numerous passes, planing ends up being a time consuming operation. Using handplanes was also equally time consuming. Ripping on the table saw into 2.5” planks and then running them over my 6” jointer seems to be the fastest.
Any suggestions for re-sawing? Would a typical bandsaw be able to handle stock this wide?
-- --Rob, Seattle, WA