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Finally you will have resawn until there is no more thickness to resaw, and it is time to take it all to the planer to surface the rough resawn faces. This is a simple procedure for pieces 1/4" and above in thickness. But if you want stock thinner than this a couple of problems arise that are easily solved with the simplest jig you will ever make and the greatest gift to woodworkers since duct tape- double sided carpet tape.
All planers have a minimum thickness that they will plane- from as much as 1/4" to as little as less than 1/8". If the thickness you desire is less than the minimum for your machine, the way to plane it thinner is to put it on top of another, thicker piece of stock and run both through together (photos 8 and 9). The only requirements for this planing jig are that it be relatively flat and of a very regular thickness. Mine is made from a section of a solid core door.
Another problem is that when very thin stock is planed, say less than 3/16", the stock is flexible enough that the front of it can bounce up into the planer cutting head when the piece first goes in, and before it is held down by the outfeed roller of the planer. It can also pop up into the cutter at the end of the cut after the rear end comes away from the infeed roller. To prevent this, use the planing jig and put double sided carpet tape under the lead and tail ends of the piece being planed so that the ends are secured to the jig (photo 9). This will make the final thickness of the ends slightly less than in the middle where there is no tape, but by no more than 1/64th or so. If you are worried about this, put a layer of duct tape on the jig between the carpet tape, but don't use double sided here. It's hard enough getting the planed piece off with tape at two ends, without it in the middle. To get the piece off, first lift it in the middle, then run your fingers between it and the jig working your way toward the ends.
Because when you use this jig you add a thick piece to what will go through the planer, you must of course lower the planer table to accept the additional thickness. Begin planing by taking off only a very small amount, and take no more than 1/32nd with each pass. This makes the procedure less strenuous on the thin pieces and helps to prevent them blowing up. Be sure to always plane with the grain, or they will certainly blow up. Here is where choosing stock with consistent grain really matters- reversing grain won't blow up in the band saw but it will in the planer.
ALL I HAVE IS A BAND SAW AND TABLE SAW
If you have these two machines and no jointer or planer you can follow one other procedure that allows you to cut pieces of a width greater than twice the height of your blade above your table saw. Follow the procedure outlined above for double ripping on the table saw using such wide stock, and the result will look like that in photo 10. Then take this to the band saw and cut out the remaining stock between the two saw kerfs, as in photo 11. This is a far easier task at the band saw than a full resaw setup, but it tends to use more lumber to get the same number of thin pieces because the table saw kerfs are thicker. Once again the thin kerf blades are an advantage here.
PROCEDURES FOR RESAW OUTLINED BY AVAILABLE MACHINES
Scenario A- with only a table saw available, using stock 5-1/2" wide or less.
Step 1- Pick straight stock
Step 2- Double rip at incremental blade heights
Step 3- Edge glue to attain desired width
Step 4- Visit local cabinet shop to use their wide belt sander or planer to bring stock to its final thickness.
Scenario B- With a table saw and 12" high band saw, with stock wider than 5-1/2".
Step 1- Pick straight stock
Step 2- Double rip at incremental blade heights to maximum height of table saw blade.
Step 3- Band saw remaining width of cut.
Step 4- Hand plane or belt sand boards smooth, or visit local cabinet shop for planing or wide belt sanding service.
Scenario C- With jointer, planer and band saw.
Step 1- Face joint stock flat.
Step 2- Plane other side parallel.
Step 3- Resaw at the band saw. Face joint between cuts to straighten.
Step 4- Face joint resawn pieces if there is enough thickness to do so.
Step 5- Plane pieces to final thickness.
Resources For Making Thin StockBand Saws, Blades, Guides | Belt Sanders | Hand Planes | Jointers | Planers | Table Saws, Blades
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