I just acquired a pretty good load of white oak and it is fairly old an
pretty dirty. Not mud caked. particularly gritty or anything, but long time
storage dirty. My question is should I somehow clean the wood off prior to
planing so as to save some wear and tear on my planer blades or is it OK to
run it through as is. Thanks in advance.........
At the very least, brush it good, then run a shop vacuum over it carefully.
And have an extra set of planer blades on hand. You are about to get more
experience in changing them.
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Thanks for all the answers and suggestions! I have no concerns regarding
metal in the wood and the dirt is not real heavy, so I think a quick
brushing and vacuuming is all that is called for. Once I have run them
through I will see if a blade change is required.
By the way the lumber came from a local custom millwork shop that was
basically cleaning out old lumber. I picked up 25 4/4x5x120 white oak
boards for $50.00, 10 4/4x6x120 hard maple boards for $50 and 3 8/4x8x120
Honduran mahogany boards for $40.
You don't really seem to be convinced that you have a grit - or whatever -
problem. If that's so, and it's just storage dirt, then just go for it. If
you think that there is serious grit/mud/concrete contamination, then
belt-sand it first.
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A neighbor gave me his old deck (20 or so redwood tubasixs and a few pt
fir). The boards are in varying condition but all were dirty and had
lotsa rough spots. I have been hitting them with a vacuum followed by a
light pass with a belt sander and finally the vacuum again. Oh and
check for metal first. Finally cut off the really rotten stuff. This
keeps the sand and crud out of the jointer and the planer.
Another friend had the nerve to call this treasure "fire wood". Humph.
===============Without reading any of the replies you have gotten I would just run
oit thru the planner...
Cleaning is not one of my favorite things...and I never cleaned
Planner blades are not that expensive...(and I am cheap)
Total time spent cleaning would be equal to or greater then just
And changing the blades is not a difficult process...
I may (depending on how "dirty" I though the lumber to be) swap
in an old set of blades and do a fast clean up of the surface using
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