Saturday, November 14, 2009

Milling The Wood For Banks

So many of my boxes, and in this case banks,
require 3/8" and 1/4" thick stock. I could
buy these dimensioned woods at a very high
price, or mill them to size myself. To keep my
costs down, I do it myself.

The wood I start with is called, in the trade,
4/4 (pronounced four quarter) or 1 inch before
it's milled down to 13/16". If I'm careful, I can
get two pieces out of this. 1 at 3/8" (plus 1/16")
and 1 at 1/4" (plus 1/16"). The band saw blade
eats up 1/16" also. Add them all up and you
get 13/16". I then put them through a planner
to get the final thickness.

This is the band saw with the dust collection behind.

This piece is about 2/3 the way through the band saw.

This is called resawing.

This is the thickness planner with the dust collector.

Thickness planner with a piece going into the feed end.


Amusing Bunni said...

John, you are talented in so many ways. I feel I accomplished something when I put a nail in the wall the right way...hee hee.
Very instructive on your process. Whoever you pass down all this wisdom to, who can continue your crafting excellence will be a very lucky
artisan indeed.

Dust'n Lint said...

Thank You Bunni. I was considering dropping this blog due to a lack of interest. I'll hold off a little yet.