- 1 January 2014 at 2:01 pm #24972
Hey guys… this question may be a bit base… I apologize. I am preparing stock with hand tools. I have my saws, etc… My question is about prepping small pieces, such as taking a long 4/4 board and I need several 1/4 or 1/2 pieces for a project. What is the best/proper method for efficiently prepping those pieces assuming you don’t have/want to use a band saw?1 January 2014 at 2:10 pm #24973KenParticipant
Jay see if this helps1 January 2014 at 4:23 pm #24981Serhiy D’yachyshynParticipant
Hi Jay. I preparing all my lumber by hand from rough stock, I can give you this advice: when you split wood let it stay for a couple days in your shop, most of the wood this days kiln dry. When you split the wood you release some stress, with my small experience I usually have a twist.Just wait what you can get, don’t rush.
Toronto, Canada1 January 2014 at 4:29 pm #24983BrianJParticipant
Jay I do no have bandsaw ( yet) and have same issues, it really makes you consider the purpose and the limits of each piece we choose to work with. I think Ken has pointed out the solution, grab a cuppa whatever and enjoy the journey.
Ontario, Canada1 January 2014 at 4:36 pm #24985
Jay, I made a lot of small dovetail boxes using 1/2 inch material prepped by hand.
What Serhly said is important to note, if you are removing this much material from a board its going to move, cup, twist etc. IF you don’t have a bandsaw there are a couple ways to do it, one is to try to resaw the boards with a rip saw then plane to final thickness, the second is to use a scrub plane and just hog off material till its near the thickness you want, then smooth to final thickness. On small projects like the dovetail boxes, I cut the pieces to length then scrub planed them down. It goes quick.
-Canada1 January 2014 at 8:49 pm #24993
Dave… thanks. That’s the type of info I was wondering about. I know this is basic stuff, but I wasn’t sure if most people generally just ripped a board, or just planed it, and if they ripped it how close to the final thickness do you shoot for, or if you just plane the difference… also things like how people hold the smaller boards for ripping… whether they just use their front vise or if they have some other setup… any basic tips like that are helpful to me.
Also, Serhiy… thanks for the advice on the boards. I appreciate it.
Thanks, everyone, for the replies.1 January 2014 at 9:07 pm #24994
Jay, I just use a vice as seen on Paul’s workbench. Whenever I’ve resawn boards it’s been perfectly adequate. Plane one side flat removing any cup or twist, use a marking gauge to score your thickness then just start sawing. How close is dependent on how good you are with a saw :). Scrub planing to thickness is not the same as using a smoothing plane, in pine I can easily remove 1/8 of an inch per stroke so getting to 1/2 inch from 3/4 takes no time at all but you end up with a big pile of chips to clean up:)
-Canada1 January 2014 at 9:21 pm #24995KenParticipant
Thanks this thread has helped make my mind up about something that I have been debating for a while. Now I’m in no doubt what so ever1 January 2014 at 9:37 pm #24996
Haha… what’s that, Ken?1 January 2014 at 9:42 pm #24997Steve FollisParticipant
Don’t assume that if you have a bandsaw all is going to be perfect with resawing boards. I have a bandsaw and I have butchered some boards in an effort to save some stock. Even with a proper setup, it still takes patience and skill to do a good job. On smaller pieces, I think I am better off with a handsaw.
Memphis, Tennessee1 January 2014 at 10:57 pm #25003STEVE MASSIEParticipant
I agree with Steve, I have a bandsaw but there is a learning curve also and I have messed up my share as well. In the same token I will never get rid of my bandsaw you just have to learn how to set up and make sure you use the proper blade.
But since discovering hand tools I really am enjoying using them and a heck of lot quieter and no saw dust.
Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US1 January 2014 at 11:13 pm #25008
I like my hand tools a lot… sometimes I like to get tips from other people because I miss stuff that other people would think is obvious. I didn’t have a background with tools growing up, so I am learning a lot of new stuff now.1 January 2014 at 11:49 pm #25018
Jay, no worries, there’s a learning curve with this stuff. I was in the same predicament last year. I don’t own any power tools save a cordless drill and discovered the joys of scrub planes during the dovetail box project 🙂
-Canada1 January 2014 at 11:57 pm #25020
I have a scrub plane so I will definitely try it that way.2 January 2014 at 1:50 am #25026frankproParticipant
Great question. I ran into the same problem this morning.
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