1. Paul, I work at a sawmill and I wish every customer was as realistic as you with understanding that you may lose an inch of material and have to chase end checks and decide to fill or remove cracks or deal with a bow. Very informative to see you work all the way through the building process.

    1. I have noticed that some saws will dull sooner than others. Another factor is the fleam angle, the greater the fleam the sooner they become dull. I sharpen when it starts to get dull but probably not as often as Paul does. I have several crosscut saws so I can just grab a fresh one and sharpen at my convenience. I only have two rip saws but I don’t do nearly as much ripping so I could get by easily with just one.

  2. Was that first board you cut the ends of really quartersawn? I thought quartersawn has growth rings standing square to the surface…around 10 minutes in the video you can see that the endgrain pattern is not square to the surface…did I miss something? thanks! (oh and I still enjoy watching these videos even after having watched sooo many 🙂 cheers! Patrick

    1. Patrick- Rift sawn will have end grain perpendicular to the surface, but quarter sawn end grain is not always 90° to the surface. With quarter sawn wood the end grain varies depending on the section of the quartered log the board is cut from. The first board Paul cuts in the video is quarter sawn.

    1. Hi Graham, I did some quick math based on the prices for oak here in Germany, and for a table this size you’d have to spend roughly 350€ on wood (this can vary a lot though; for instance, edged lumber is much more expensive than unedged). Hope this helps!

  3. Normally stock prep videos don’t keep my interest very long, however this one was so interesting and informative as to how Paul manages the same material challenges we all face. Using CA to seal shakes on the edge grain was great. For whatever reason, my first thought was “that is going to be a lot of sawing and planing to get around….”
    I enjoy the way Paul walks through what he does and how the team films and edits it. Great quality all around. Watching Master Classes it is a critical part to my Saturday morning coffee routine. Thank you for your efforts.

  4. This is really helpful and interesting. I have a question, did you use the wood directly from the mill or did you store it some time before u prep it? I just bought wood that has been stored for 3-4 years in a barn and wonder how long do I need to store it in my shop before I start to prepare it for my furniture? Should I measure the moisture first?

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