If you have a router you can forgo a drum sander. You just need to build a simple jig for flattening the board after glue up.
Power planing and jointing end grain is not advisable IMO. Hard on the knives and your board can explode under the feed rollers. Power hand plane is dangerous too.
Look around for a sign shop that has a CNC router and just pay them to mill it flat and parallel. Same premise as the router jig.
I'm renting time in a wood shop...I plan to use a plane to mill the rough stock, not sure if I'll need to use a jointer as well for that, and after the glue ups I guess a drum sander will be the easiest..
Originally Posted by boomchakabowwow
Joint before you plane.
Remember the woodworkers acronym: FEWTEL...Flatten on the jointer, square one Edge on the jointer with the flattened side against the fence, rip to Width, plane to Thickness, square one End, and finally cut to Length.
If you have access to a drum sander, go for it; you won't be required to turn in your man card. I flattened my board with a Lie-Nielsen low angle jack plane with a bloody sharp blade and it was still a bugger.
That is one nice looking knife, and board too.
Originally Posted by Chifunda
What he said :)
Originally Posted by Chifunda
Luckily this wood shop has technicians that show noobies like me how to deal with wood (and keep all digits attached). They basically showed me how to do exactly what Chifunda said. Was a lot of fun.
Now my pieces are ready for my first glue up. I've decided to change the plan a little from the video. I'm making the pattern a little less intricate, and using larger strips (4 strips 3.5" wide and one 1.75"). I've decided that using larger pieces means more wood and less glue joints for my knives to contact. Its also seems like it'll be a little easier to do this way and the resulting pattern will still look cool...I like having the blocks arranged in a brickwork pattern. Looks nice and if things don't line up perfect it won't be as obvious as if all the edges of the blocks match flush.
As you can see I'm planning to put together 2 panels, one with the 1.75 strip being maple, and the other has the skinny strip in walnut. Each panel is big enough to make one board. So when it's time for glue up #2, I can either mix the 2 panels together to give me two similar boards which will each look like this:
or I can use the "more maple pieces" for one board and make the other more walnut, which will look like this:
Any opinions are welcome...I still have a day or two to decide before I get to glue up#2.
Going back to the shop tomorrow morning for glue up #1, will update as I make progress.
Unless of course y'all feel like this thread belongs on a woodworking forum and you don't want it here...just let me know and I'll post a final pic when I'm finished and leave it at that...
I really like the last one. It kinda "frames" it in a way.
+1 It has a symmetry that the other two don't and I like symmetry.
Originally Posted by Jmadams13
Ok so here's the wood ready to be glued. I'm going in to do the final glue up on wednesday.
Option 1. Two identical boards that each look like this:
Or Option 2 which will give me one of each of the following 2 patterns.
and more maple:
So far it looks like I'm leaning towards option 2. Thanks for stopping by!
Looking good - option 2 has it going on IMO.
I like numbers 3 and 2, in that order. These are going to be very nice!