|Forum topic by TheDane||posted 12-28-2013 08:00 PM||1376 views||1 time favorited||14 replies|
12-28-2013 08:00 PM
Today is the day I wish that I had an 8” jointer.
Don’t get me wrong … I love my Grizzly G0452, but it is only a 6” machine.
I am building a Christmas present (yeah, I know Christmas is over … that’s another story) with drawers that are 7 1/2” deep.
I used to buy maple drawer stock (kiln-dried, milled to any width/thickness I needed, and flat) from a cabinet shop near the town where we used to live. I figured I would be able to buy similar stock where we live now, but no dice. The closest I could come was 4/4 stock, and none of it was flat … slight twists and cups.
With an 8” jointer, I would have been in like a porch-climber, but without one, I was looking at either a lot of hand-plane work, or s work-around using a sled on my DW733 planer. I opted for the planer. I cut a piece of 3/4” plywood 12 1/2” wide and 43” long, and glued a 3/8” cleat on one end.
I cut about 20 door shims down to 3” or so in length to use as wedges between the sled and the workpiece.
I put the first board on the sled and tacked down the leading edge with hot glue. I then hot-glued wedges into anyplace along the length of the board where there was a gap and hot-glued plywood scraps along the liner edges of the board to keep it stable. I chalked up the face of the board, then we were off to the planer where I took off light cuts (1/64” at a time) until I got the planed surface of the boards flat. That gives me one flat surface for the next few passes through the planer to get down to the thickness I want (1/2”).
It took me close to 4 hours to get all of the raw stock for my drawers … with an 8” jointer it would have taken me maybe 15 minutes.
I have already started my 2014 Christmas Wish List!
-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"