Yesterday I had a client walk in the shop with some clear Pine boards and the request to joint it up into an L-shaped kitchen countertop, 24” wide. Work is work and I told him to come and collect tomorrow. In between other work, I planed the boards and noticed they were somewhat resinous but didn’t give it much thought. This morning I took the tops out of the clamps for a few passes through the drum sander. When I noticed sticky dust on the exit side, I knew I had a problem.
When I opened the machine, the paper was completely gummed up. Not wanting to waste another length of expensive drum sandpaper, I thought I would finish up with the orbital sander. My word, I was gumming up discs faster than I could change them! I had 60 grit paper on the drum sander at the time, so there were some serious scratches on the top. No ways was I going to get rid of them by sanding (unless I used up a box full of sanding discs; goodbye profit!)
In desperation, I hauled out my trusty Stanley no.80 scraper plane. What! On soft wood? I had never done that before. Anticipating problems, I gave the blade a real keen edge. When these fluffy shavings started floating from the mouth of my plane, I smiled pretty wide. The battle was won. What counted in my favor was the fact that the boards were all quarter sawn. Still, it was a first for me. Never before had I even considered using a scraper on soft wood. I wonder if any other LJ has.
Oh, and don’t ask what kind of Pine, I don’t know. Only a few species are grown commercially here (Loblolly (Pinus taeda), Slash (Pinus elliotti) and Monterrey (Pinus radiatta)) and we don’t have any indigenous Pines.
-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."