This is a followup to my previous post on squaring stock. Thanks for
the thoughtfull replies.
I hope this post doesn't go on to long, but I thought I might explain
where I'm at. As I said in my first post I am new to woodworking. A
litte more that two years ago my cousin and I hired a sawyer to cut red
oak trees that we took down to make way for a house. We did all the
chainsaw work, cutting the butt logs and the tops for firewood. We did
all the grunt work, wrestling the butt logs, carrying off the boards
and waste etc. A lot of work for a flabby old grandpa (I turned 60
last month). We ended up with 1700 BF, half my cousins, half mine. We
hauled the wood to my house, stacked and stickered it outdoors, painted
the ends, and covered the stack with a tarp. It sat outside for one
year and was then moved into the gararge. It's been there now for a
little more than a year.
Now I want to make my first project with it. I'm going to make a bench
top router table. I'm going to build the frame from the oak. Four
days ago I picked out a board and went over it with a wire brush
followed by a wisk broom. I brought it in and went over it with a shop
vac. I then cut the rough lengths with a cicular saw. Next I jointed
an edge and ripped the rough widths on the table saw. The pieces are
now sitting on by bench.
I'm mostly concerned about the safety of the way I cut the rough
pieces. Also, I don't have a moisture meter, so I am just assuming I
can square the stock after being inside for a few days.
Thanks for comments on any of the above.