Right -- but a bandsaw is still a better tool for this than a table saw.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Nobody ever left footprints in the sands of time by sitting on his butt.
And who wants to leave buttprints in the sands of time?
To do a bit of derailing, given what I posted as my current list of
tools, (TS, CMS, router, bench disk/belt sander), I *have* been
figuring a jointer would be the next "essential" powertool (assuming
I'm more Normite than Neander). What would your suggestion be if
Understood. And thanks for your candor. This is the type of answer I
was hoping for, "yes, it [ripping twist] has its risks; here they are,
understand them; here's a safe way to do it when you need to."
I'm very safety aware; but I'm also an engineer by training, and so I'm
always looking for solutions, and how to be efficient. "Tossing" a
board because it has some twist..., well, maybe I'm gonna have to learn
how to do that - or recognize when I'm better off doing that.
I definitely have a couple good wood suppliers in town. But this still
goes back to the Q. I posed to Doug Miller further up the thread - just
because it leaves the supplier flat & straight don't mean it'll stay
that way in my shop! And I gotta learn how to improve my odds there
based on storage.
Well, think about it. You can't make parallel faces on a board with a
jointer but you can flatten a board with a thickness planer. Edges
are easy with TS and quick pass with a hand plane if necessary.
Soooo, I would go with a thickness planer before a jointer. Takes up
a lot less space when stored away also.
I have to admit it took me a long while before I learned to recognize
the value of tossing a board that was more trouble than I was prepared
to deal with. But if you're not there yet don't toss it - save it for
a time when you think you're prepared to handle it. Just start out
with decent wood for your initial projects.
Frankly, until you are in a position to flatten and surface wood I
wouldn't bother storing wood. Get what you need for a project (plus
waste of course) and have some success with your projects.
Also, learn how wood distorts so you don't end up with wood that's
likely to distort after you get it home. There are two main reasons
for distortion: the board has built in stresses that change after you
cut off a piece of it. These changes take place soon after machining.
The other reason is that the makeup of the board has different
absorption characteristics and cups or bends as a result (for example
a mix of sapwood and heartwood).
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