26 October 2013 at 8:36 pm #20402David R.Participant
I can’t seem to find any solid wood boards thinner than 3/4″. Do I look in all the wrong places here in Germany? Do you cut yours with a bandsaw? A ripsaw? do you plane your boards?
Any suggestions are welcome. Thank you.
from Germany26 October 2013 at 9:02 pm #2040326 October 2013 at 9:41 pm #20404David R.Participant
Hello Oscar and thanks for the welcome and for pointing me to these two threads. I think this might work well for smaller, thicker pieces of wood, but would anyone cut a larger 1″ board with this method? I plan to make a silverware drawer organizer. For the bottom, I want to use a 1/2″-3/8″ panel. Do I have to cut it from thicker stock? Do I have to use plywood? Can you go to your local wood supplier and get a 1/4x24x28 maple or ash panel?
Or is it only my ignorance, and you don’t use thin solid wood boards – apart from veneer – at all?
from Germany26 October 2013 at 10:37 pm #20405
This is my technique for resawing thin boards from a chunck of wood using a frame saw (republished here in this format only for clarity):
First, set your marking gauge slightly more than your desired size (10 millimiters in this case)…
Set your marking gauge
Mark your gauge line along the both faces of your chunck of wood…
Mark your gauge line
Run your line also across the grain in both sides…
Run your line across the grain
With a chisel cut an small dent in the corner of your saw line…
Cut a small dent
The magic begins now! Use an inexpensive frame saw to cut a perfect slice of wood following your vertical gauge mark. First, start at the front corner sawing until you reach the opposite corner…
Using a frame saw
Now saw vertically until you reach about the half of your block of wood. Then flip it and start from the oposite corner. Happily the two lines will meet…
Using a frame saw
Then you are here: your panel slide cuted exceptionally straight. The frame saw allows an easy control leveling your cut using both hands…
Your thin panel cut
I build this small frame saw two years ago based on an engraved of “L’Art du Menuisier” of Andre Roubo. Here you can see the artifact disassembled showing its parts. Very simple construction, very effective, and only costs me five bucks by the wide saw hack blade, the long carriage bolt and two small pins…
The frame saw disasembled
Finally, you only need to plane your piece to remove the saw marks using a thin face planing stop…
Removing the saw marks
Finish the surface with a smoothing plane and you are done.
Smoothing your surfaces
NOTE: Excuse my poor english and the low quality images.
Best regards from Catalonia,
With love, best regards from Catalonia.26 October 2013 at 10:46 pm #20406
@David, indeed, the plywood for 10-16 millimeters are commonly often used in this type of work and can be found easily in retail providers, at least in my area.
With love, best regards from Catalonia.26 October 2013 at 11:02 pm #20407
Another method, much more traditional and ideal for practice of the hand tool techniques and get away from industry, is fill the back side of cupboards or bookcases with natural wood strips with a special joint, named “shiplap joint”. It’s very decorative and delicate and enhances absolutely your piece of furniture.
Anyway, for the bottom of your drawers, plywood is perhaps the most practical solution.
With love, best regards from Catalonia.
You must be logged in to access attached files.27 October 2013 at 12:13 am #20410RLParticipant
I use aspen for my drawer bottoms. It’s a really cheap wood so I don’t mind buying 4/4 and planing it down to 1/2″. It’s also soft so it’s easy on the planer knives. Looks gorgeous and silky when hand planed too. It only comes in narrow widths so you have to join the panels together but that’s easy. Finally, it’s very light which is always a boon in drawer bottom construction.
Sorry I don’t have a better picture available.
You must be logged in to access attached files.27 October 2013 at 1:16 am #20412
@davidr welcome buddy, this is what I have to do to get thin stock. Just about impossible to find in my area of the UK28 October 2013 at 7:10 am #20449MathboneParticipant
I tried the ripsaw (hand, not frame) technique to resaw an 11 inch wide board, and ran into trouble with the blade barreling inside the board. Is this more likely a sharpening issue or a technique issue?28 October 2013 at 7:30 am #20451
Hey Brandon, I’m not sure, but it could have a lot to do with the width of the board. That is one wide board to resaw by hand. The widest board I have done was 6 inch wide
I’m sure some of our forum experts will be able to answer it better for you.
Cheers 😉28 October 2013 at 8:42 am #20452Mark ArmstrongParticipant
If I was doing board that wide make sure you cut from each side. I would say that 11″ a bit wide. 6″ about widest I would go if only 1/4″ thick I would prefer 4″ and glue edges together woul be more stable.
Dagenham, Essex, England28 October 2013 at 9:43 am #20453
Hi @Brandon, really it’s a mixture of tool condition and technique.
You can use a regular panel saw to do this work but, definitely, for a wide cut like this, you need a large and sharpen rip saw with a configuration of 4 to 7 TPI and the appropriate set. I recommend use a marking gauge to set the path of the saw around the plank to cut. This is not a really difficult work but something tedious. Remember, this was done over centuries by our ancestors who obviously had no band saws.
Personally, I use frame saws for this kind of work for various reasons: mine is lightweight, so i’m just less tired, second, my cuts tend to be next to perfect to the line, and finally, if the work needs it, another person can help me pushing from the another side of the saw. But this is only my personal preference.
TIP: Greasing o waxing the saw plate during the process will facilitate the job.
TIP2: When the saw blade sinks into the cut, put a pair of small wedges on the kerf to prevent the saw runs aground inside the board.
Best regards from Catalonia,
With love, best regards from Catalonia.28 October 2013 at 9:53 am #2045428 October 2013 at 11:25 am #20455
Thanks Oscar, yes Bob is a member, and yes that is a big board. 😉28 October 2013 at 12:13 pm #20457David GillParticipant
I do not know what is available in Germany but here in UK my local timber merchant has sawn and planed me 1/2″ and 1/4″ boards for making Paul’s dovetail boxes
Wigan, Lancs. England :
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