wood working 101
i was given about a 1000? bf, a full size PU truck loaded as full as i
could get it without side racks, of very rough cut (Volkswagen mill),
full dimension 2" x 4-6-8-10-12" x 8-10-12' big leaf maple, with some
fiddleback, that was stacked and stickered in an open shed for a couple
of years. i now have it stacked and stickered in a enclosed, but not
heated, space with a fan. when i first put it in the shed it was 18%
moisture content, a friend had a meter which we checked with before we
stacked the wood about 2 months ago. i haven't checked the moisture
i am not sure what to expect or/or what would be the best way to
proceed. i don't have the time at the moment for any great time
consuming projects but would like to prepare and/or preserve the wood as
much as possible for future use.
all ideas, advice would be appreciated!
and i agree that this will be an excellent chance to buy a new tool.
heck, with all the money i am saving on materials i may even be able to
justify two! :o)
Sounds like it's time for a nice wide jointer. To properly square up
the material the first step is to flatten one face with a jointer.
You'll be forced to rip it down to thinner pieces if they won't fit in
one pass on your jointer so wider is better.
If you want a really wide jointer and have a similar sized stack of
money, you could go for one of the european combo units that have a
12" wide (or wider I think) jointer, planer and sliding table saw all
in one beig expensive unit. These are much more popular in Europe. I
think maybe Felder?
Oh yeah, you surely get some of the traditional crowd telling you you
can hand plane all this stuff and that's an option alos I guess. You
would surely be good at it by the time you finished.
Happy Thanksgiving, sounds like a nice pile o' lumber.
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