Well, not really. Here's the question for all of you woodworkers more
experienced than I am:
I need to practice resawing some smallish panel stock (10" wide by 22"
long). What readily available wood behaves similarly to well-dried cherry
for practice cutting?
The final project is the Shaker clock Christian Becksvoort featured in FW
#157, in cherry. (actually two of them.) I have very little experience in
working cherry, being from California. Most of what I have done is in oak,
mostly one of the red oak variants that grows out here.
The solid door panel is supposed to be 3/16" thick when done. What I have
is a spectacular piece of old cherry stock, a full 5/4 thick (S3S), given
to me by a friend. He's a luthier, and this piece has been in his 'someday
stash' for fifteen years or more. In other words, if I screw this up,
there is no more.
Available tools: Jet 16" bandsaw, with a thin kerf veneer cutting blade
recommended by a College of the Redwoods alumnus at a recent woodclub
meeting. Similar to the Woodslicer blade Highland Hardware sells,
according to those who have used both. Fence is the Fastrak, with 7" resaw
fence attachment. Most importantly, I have access to a number of friends
who know how to tune the saw better than I.
5/4 cherry, in 10+" widths, runs over $10/bf out here, and it wouldn't be
nearly as well aged.
Yes, I could pay someone to cut the stock. I could pay someone to build
the @#$%ing clock, too. But I want to learn to do this myself. (Stubborn
fellow that I am...)
So what wood should I practice on?