Played with my Byrd tonight (rated "G" w/pics)


Hello everyone,
I was finishing up the tack in strips for the back of the glass doors on my parent's kitchen tonight. In order to sneak up on the required thickness for the strips, I started to pull out my drum sander. There was a plastic bag on the top of it I had forgotten about. Inside that bag was a 1.5" cross-section of a white oak tree that my BIL had wanted me to surface one side of for him. Something about wanting to count the growth rings. It had been sectioned (chewed) by a chain saw and was totally irregular on both sides. It was on top of the drum sander because I was going to run it through there.
On the sander I would have to change to 36g and take a number of passes with the cross section secured to a sled as I made one side flat. Then I would have to change to finer grits so he could read the rings.
Hmmm..
I have this new Byrd shear helical cutterhead on my jointer; I wonder if I could do it with that?
http://www.federatedtool.com/david/img/stump1.jpg
After two passes,
http://www.federatedtool.com/david/img/stump2.jpg
After four passes,
http://www.federatedtool.com/david/img/stump3.jpg
Holy cow Batman!
Boy those medullary rays sure stand out!
The new cutterhead had no problem with the end grain! I am sure my (a) regular knifed cutterhead would have blown that cross section apart!
Wow! Is all I have to say,
David.
Every neighbourhood has one; in mine I'm him.
P.S. Please excuse the overuse of exclamation marks..
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Hey Dave thats great...amazing actually. But now I have this piece of 1/64" thick veneer I cut on my band saw. If I mail it to you could you smooth it up with your Byrd equipped jointer? :~)
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Can this be retro fitted to a Robland X31 combination machine?
On Fri, 21 Apr 2006 07:01:41 +0100, David F. Eisan
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