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daddywoofdawg

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02-01-2015 08:56 AM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut milling

I got a chunk of walnut That for lack of a better description a rectangular piece of firewood that is split?It’s not a piece of band saw cut close to even “lumber” but closer to split wood in a rectangle. say 4” on one end and 3.25” on the other with humps and bumps Like split firewood.The sides are almost parallel but angled any where from 90-45 degrees down each side.
How do I get the anywhere near parallel surfaces?I don’t have a table saw,I do have a band saw, and hand planes,I tried hand planing and It seem like I wasted alot of wood (this is walnut)trying to get it close to dimensional.I understand some must give it’s life for the good of all;but I seems I wasting a lot.So what is the way to do this?So how do I mill this?I don’t have a powered jointer or planer,or table saw.
This isn’t the piece but about what it’s shape looks like and mine is walnut the photo isn’t and you don’t really need to watch after about 0:32 you should have a idea of what I’m talking about by then.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zTQh7A2364


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AlaskaGuy

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#1 posted 02-01-2015 09:08 AM

A picture would help.

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#2 posted 02-01-2015 12:10 PM

If do a search here or online for “band saw sled,” you will be able to make something to do what you need. Or check out pictures of different band saw jigs & sleds have here.

https://www.google.com/search?site=&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1280&bih=652&q=band+saw+sled&oq=band+saw+sled&gs_l=img.3..0j0i10l2j0i24.376.4182.0.5519.13.13.0.0.0.0.111.1309.6j7.13.0.msedr...0...1ac.1.61.img..0.13.1296.LmJ8wYeQgSA

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#3 posted 02-01-2015 12:14 PM

Options:

Any of the tools you don’t have.

Bandsaw.

Hand saw.

Hand plane.

Adz.

Hatchet.

Broad axe.

Pocket knife.

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#4 posted 02-01-2015 12:58 PM

Bandsaw sled as mentioned likely easiest method for you to go with. I have used a draw knife also followed by planes. If you had a hewing hatchet or similar you could use it also.

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#5 posted 02-01-2015 01:49 PM

+1 BS Sled, even as simple as scrap of ply you can run against the fence and screw the log piece from undeneath into the waste, slab off 5/4 and work from there.

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#6 posted 02-01-2015 05:07 PM

+1 BS sled. You can make one which rides in the mitre groove pretty easily, then select your flattest side for contact with the table and go to work. Another good choice is to continue with the BS sled and make shop veneers. YOu get a lot more mileage out of the walnut that way.

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#7 posted 02-01-2015 05:58 PM

I did make a sled for the band saw that runs in the miter track just not seeing how that will help.not saying it won’t just not seeing it,or maybe I need a diffrent design for this project.I’ll go out to the shop today get some photos of my sled and the chunk of walnut and post this evening.

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#8 posted 02-01-2015 10:39 PM


I did make a sled for the band saw that runs in the miter track just not seeing how that will help.not saying it won t just not seeing it,or maybe I need a diffrent design for this project.I ll go out to the shop today get some photos of my sled and the chunk of walnut and post this evening.

- daddywoofdawg


Here is the piece

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#9 posted 02-01-2015 11:38 PM

What are you wanting to do with this piece? You can just draw a straight line on it and free hand it thru the band saw and take off that angled edge. Or either use the sled you have or make one that allows you to do the same but it will be straighter than free hand. If you free hand it, then you can use the plane to smooth it.

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