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Monday, March 18, 2013

Planing Wood

Yesterday was "get to know your planer" Sunday.

Scrap teak pulled from storage
Among the many bits and pieces that came with the boat were old teak cabinet parts like drawer faces, drop boards and shelving. Ranging form 3/4 to an inch thick, all pieces were dirty, water stained and scratched. Some had heavy coats of finish (varnish or cetol). While I sold of most of the parts that came with the boat, I kept this "scrap" teak thinking I could at least play with when woodworking time came. Well, that time is now.
Before (left) and after (right) 
After cleaning each piece up with the shop vac, I squared up two opposite edges on the table saw and ran it through the planer to remove any finish, scratches and stains. Each pass removed 1/64 of in inch at a time. After two or thee passes through the planer, the surface looked like fresh milled wood. A pretty nifty and easy to use tool for a woodworking neophyte like me.
Shelves of small hardwood bits
By the end of the afternoon I had a couple shelves of hardwood ready for use. These pieces do not exceed 24 inches in length and are maybe 5 to 6 inches wide. If figure these will work as good "practice pieces" as there will not be much use inside the boat. Maybe for some short trim molding.

Tip: When planing a previously used piece, check for any pins in the wood. Pins will damage the planer blades and will require replacement. Ask me how I know!
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