|Forum topic by siki||posted 05-11-2015 08:14 PM||1189 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
05-11-2015 08:14 PM
I’m fairly new to woodworking – I’ve always had a passion but never the time. I still don’t really have the time, but decided to do it anyways (haven’t been sleeping much…) I own some basic tools: a table saw, router, few hand planes, set of chisels, etc. I’ve been buying S4S lumber from the big box stores and a local supplier and used that to make a few basic projects. I know how to use hand planes to joint edges so that they can be edge glued or to make boards flat.
A couple of months ago I picked up some S2S walnut lumber from a yard that I was going to use to make my first “real” table (a console table, that is). I was hoping that because I bought S2S lumber I wouldn’t have to flatten and make parallel the faces. I was just going to use my TS to rip the two edges parallel and touch them up with a jointer hand plane, so that they’re 90 degrees to the faces.
The walnut has been sitting in my garage for about 2 months, and now I finally got around to doing the project. I cut it up to rough size and ripped the edges but noticed that now there’s some twisting and bowing in the pieces. Nothing major but enough that there’s some rocking on some of the pieces if I lay them on a flat surface.
As I said, I don’t have experience buying from a yard but it seems useless for me to buy S2S lumber when during the acclimatization process the wood would become twisted again anyways. I spent a good hour flattening a small piece of board (40” x 6” x 1”) with a hand plane and then planing the other face. I don’t have time to do that for all the pieces and while it’s very rewarding, it’s torture at the same time. How are other people doing it?
I actually just picked up a Delta jointer off of craigslist and I’m looking for a planer but I was totally under the impression that if I bought S2S lumber I wouldn’t have to do all of this.
Any comments of suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance!