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11-05-2014 07:51 AM

Topic tags/keywords: oak bandsaw planer plane shaping joining

I hope I picked the right place to post this. I am very new to wood working and I have decided to try and teach myself to some basic joinery by making small wooden boxes from the pallet that my band saw was delivered on. I think the pallet is made of white oak, but I am not sure. At first I was going take it a part by pulling the nails, but the wood was in pretty bad shape where it was nailed, so I finally cut it apart with an old jigsaw. Now I have some smaller pieces of rough lumber that I think is too thick for what I want to do. So I need some guidance in what steps I need to take to prepare the wood. Here is what I am guessing:

1. Resaw the wood to 1/2 its current thickness using the band saw
2. Use a #4 Stanley smoothing plane instead of a jointer (which I don’t have) to clean-up and square the pieces (my other plane is a #7 which I think is too long for this project)
3. After squaring up one side and the edges, run them through the bench planer

Does any of this make sense?

Thanks for all and any help

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#1 posted 11-05-2014 08:34 AM

Sounds like you are on the right track.

-- Jim from Kansas

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#2 posted 11-05-2014 08:44 AM

I think you are headed in the right direction. Be sure that you have a blade in your bandsaw that is suitable for resawing. I suggest at least 1/2” width, and 3 TPI works well. If you don’t have a good blade for resawing, I suggesting looking at either the Timberwolf or the Wood Slicer. Also, be sure that you leave yourself plenty of extra thickness for planing. If you want to end up with 1/2” thickness, I’d start by rasawing to 5/8” and then you will learn how much thickness you will lose in the planing process before you get a smooth surface.

Have fun!

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#3 posted 11-05-2014 11:25 AM

I tried this path when I first started woodworking in the 70’s. My advice, skip the pallet wood and buy a nice of piece of lumber. The pallet wood is a very low quality, not dried well and therefore will spring out once cut on the bandsaw ie.. warp, twist, anything but straight. For me it sounded like a good idea early on but in practice not so well. Nothing is free in life. If you live around San Antonio TX, I will give your 10 board feet of good wood free as my present to a new woodworker, Good luck.

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#4 posted 11-05-2014 03:29 PM

you can often buy short lengths of wood from your local woodworking supply store for not very much money if it is in their scrap/discount bin. you will probably need to clean it up using a hand plane and a circular saw to give it workable edges but it will be a species you know when it is a pallet it can be anything.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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#5 posted 11-05-2014 07:01 PM

It might help if we knew what tools you have and what joinery your starting with.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 11-05-2014 07:15 PM

I am running errands so this is an abbreviated answer. I am using a power magic 14” bandsaw with the original blade and I have a collection of vintage planes and chisels that I am sharpening. I would like to make dovetails and then also put a bottom on the boxes. Thanks.

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#7 posted 11-06-2014 06:39 AM

can you link photos of your bandsaw i have never heard of that brand. My first suggestion is to buy some new blades for your bandsaw. if you intend on resawing you will need a very wide blade with as few teeth per inch as possible. best place to get new blades is either through a store lik woodcraft or from an online supplier. you can get them very cheap if you buy packs of 10 or buy them individually just make sure they are the right length.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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#8 posted 11-06-2014 08:11 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks

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

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#9 posted 11-06-2014 08:16 AM

Sorry, I didn’t catch the typo. It is a powermatic bandsaw. Everything I type the brand name the spell check changes it to Power magic.

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#10 posted 11-06-2014 06:58 PM

Thank you for the welcome.

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#11 posted 11-07-2014 11:57 AM

3. After squaring up one side and the edges, run them through the bench planer


Just check the minimum length that your bench planer can safely deal with. In theory, the minimum length is the distance between the centres of the two feed rollers, but it is a good idea to allow a couple of inches more than that.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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