Long time reading the posts (very enjoyable), first time posting.
I'm making myself a fold-down workbench, roughly copied from one I spotted
in a catalogue.
My material to work with is some 4' X 9" X 1 1/2" pine, which I'm going to
"thickness" down to approx 1" and then double up the boards to give me a top
of approx 2".
I intend to rip the boards approx two thirds of their width and stagger the
joints with the odd widths so that I don't get the glue joints all in a
Is it best to thickness the boards at their full width first and then rip
them to width, or rip them first and then thickness them ?
Thanks in advance for any help with question.
It may be decided by the equipment you own, but personally I'd tend to
favor thicknessing at full width and then ripping. Main reason is
effort. I like to favor running fewer, wider boards (especially pine)
through the planer as opposed to the effort of a bunch of skinny ones.
If I understand your intentions, then you should thickness first, then
rip. In this way, all of the boards will be exactly the same
thickness. Even if you don't change the settings on a planer, two
boards following each other can have slightly different thicknesses,
depending on how much drag the cause on the cutter, etc.
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