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10-31-2013 03:49 PM

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I am new to wood working, and I have recently obtained some rough cut cypress. I want to make a bench out of it, but I would like to get it planed first. I do not have a planer so does any one have any suggestions on how I can get this done? Would a lumber yard be able to do this for me?


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#1 posted 10-31-2013 03:53 PM

You can buy a hand planer for $20-$40. Some lumber yards and many saw mills have a planer.


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#2 posted 10-31-2013 04:02 PM

I’m sure there are some lumberyards in the greater Baton Rouge vicinity that would plane your boards for a reasonable fee.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 10-31-2013 04:06 PM

a hand planer probly wont do what you want , it will leve uneven plane if the wood is bigger than the blade, , i don’t remember the hand planer size, i used to have one i belive 3 inch’s which would be ok for that width, i would try a cabnet shop they may have a sander or planer which would do the job, if they want to do this. i guess you don’t have many tool’s ? a belt sander would get some of the ruff saw marks off , but not real smooth , good luck

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#4 posted 10-31-2013 04:23 PM

What Charlie says… Being as new to WW as you say, you don’t want to be turned off by the time, technique, and expertise it takes to plane a board flat by hand. My 2-cents…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 10-31-2013 11:34 PM

You could make a router sled assuming you have a router. You would need to buy a bit such as this one or similar. HTH

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#6 posted 11-01-2013 12:18 AM

Sounds like you have a “slab” you want planed? ..or is this Cyprus boards?

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#7 posted 11-01-2013 12:26 AM

I would talk to lumber yards. What horizontal mike said is true. If you plane or sand it all by hand, your first experience will sour you on continuing this wonderful adventure. Good luck and ask questions when you need to.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 11-01-2013 01:14 AM

Even if you find a friend with a planer with newly sharpened blades to tackle this for you, just be advised that dry Cyprus with its tall catheradalls is very likely to have them turn loose and curl up some before you get it home. This isn’t a tremendous problem but will take some additional sanding to get a ready to finish piece. I’ve been using Cyprus taken off my house 27 years ago and constantly been sroried stickered indoors ever since and I experience this event often. Maybe some LJ’s can advise as to how to best reduce this from happening?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#9 posted 11-01-2013 01:28 AM

Handtooler, I have the same issues with flat sawn Doug Fir and haven’t found a way to solve it yet. My cypress was better than the Doug Fir but I think I’m gonna QS or Rift saw the next log.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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