OK, I resawed my first lumber with my new G0555 and Grizzly planer. It was 8/4
X 6" Red Oak. The good news is all went well, everything seemed to work quite
well with no issues. As I'm new to resawing, I'm curious how much material you
leave on for planing to final thickness. I cut the first piece about 1/16 over
my desired thickness and ended up missing my mark on the underside. My final 5
pieces all worked out well (all were sawn approximately 1/8 oversize). Is this
normal or is there a general rule of thumb and does blade selection make a
difference? FWIW, I was using the stock blade on the Grizzly, I know I need to
pick up better blades, but it worked well enough for me to get accustomed to
the operation of the machine. I do a lot of scrolling and these purchases will
help me greatly reduce the material costs of my projects.
Thanks in advance for any help,
There are probably quite a few different views on this. When resawing,
either air dried or kiln dried lumber, odds are that you'll get some cupping
or twisting etc. The longer, wider and more thick, your final milled
dimension is, the more material you should leave for milling.
Eg: If I'm resawing 8/4+ material, to get a final 5/8" thick board 60" in
length, I'll resaw to a heavy 7/8". Plane it just enough to take the saw
marks off, and sticker it in the shop for a few days to a week or so, then
joint and plane it to the final dimension. If resawing material for small,
shorter components, eg: stiles and rails 5/8" thick by 12" long, I'll resaw
to 3/4", plane, sticker, then rejoint and plane.
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