|Forum topic by TheWoodenOyster||posted 03-06-2014 03:59 PM||844 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
03-06-2014 03:59 PM
So, I did something yesterday that I’m not proud of. I have to confess it to someone, and I don’t think the priest would understand this one.
I am making a large dining room table with a top that is 1 1/8” thick. I spent about an hour at the lumberyard picking the 5/4 boards (it is cherry by the way) that were clearest and straightest. when I got them home, they were all about 1 5/16”, about as expected. Here is where I sinned, at least in woodworking terms. I didn’t face joint the tabletop boards, I just planed each side. BUT, I have a good excuse and a good question for you all about this conundrum. So here is my spiel and the question that goes along with it:
Ideally, we would joint a face of everything we make. In reality, I don’t find that this is always a viable option. For this tabletop, I need 1 1/8” boards. Even the best and straightest rough lumber has at least 1/2” of twist or bow to it over a span of 8’. So, that being said, am I really expected to buy 10/4 stock so that I can remove the 1/2” on one face, plane the accompanying 1/2” off the other face to be left with a 6/4ish board, then take it down to the 1 1/8” I need??? This seems totally freaking insane and a complete waste of wood. Even so, I feel sort of bad for not jointing one face to end up with a perfectly flat and tension-free board.
What would you have done in this situation?
What do you do when you run across something that is totally impractical to put on the jointer?
(I know I could have built a sled for my planer, but that still doesn’t solve the 1/2” of twist or bow conundrum discussed above)
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