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    WIP Redux

    Dave suggested I use the manage attachments section for the photos so here goes.

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    This is a load of lumber I showed previously. Maple, mahogany, cherry and walnut, rough on all four sides, 10 to 12' in length. The next step will be to cut each piece to a working length that will yield the most pieces with the less waste possible. However, I still manage to fill up a 4 yard dumpster every two weeks with short cut offs, chips and saw dust.
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    yay! Photos look great.
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    Once the stock has been cut to length, then I have to assemble the stock into a pattern. Here it is laid out for a customers special order before I cut it to a working width and then joint one edge.

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    After jointing an edge then a face it is off to the planer to have the last face planer parallel to the first face. Once that has been completed and the faces are smooth then I take it back to the jointer to square an edge, to the rip saw to rip to the final width and one last pass on the jointer to clean up and square the last sawn edge. BTW I have invested in a 5 head molder with another shop that will dramatically cut down on the steps. Rough saw a piece to the width, run it through the moulder and out comes a piece of stock with four squared faces ready for glue. The moulder was $40k.

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    After the stock has been cut to length it has to be stacked and labeled for the maximum width yield. I go to each piece and measure then markm its intended width for future use. Normally a stacklike this only lasts a week or two with maple being the most used.

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    Once the stock has been squared and labeled as to its placement, it is then glued. After wood, glue is my second biggest expense. There are 30 Jorgensen bar clamps in the photo and I could actually use about 30 more.

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    Here is a stack of cherry that will become 10 boards with some extra pieces being used in other combination boards. The stack is ready for glue.

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    After removal from the clamps the boards look rather rough. Uneven surfaces and glue drips. Actually the glue drips tell me I have enough glue in the joints and that all the joints have been evenly glued. The three boards pictured here are from one of the first photos. I was lucky to get three out of the stock thinking I would only get two. The back two are identical and one will go to a customer.

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    I just finished this big walnut board. 18 x 49 destined today for a customer in CA. This is after sanding and before final sanding and oiling. The colors are drab with no highlights. The oil bath takes care of that.

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