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What do you do with your bent lumber?2/26
We hate to through it away. Painful. So we keep shuffling it around in the pile as we search for straight pieces then eventually one of us gets annoyed and puts the warped stuff crown up at the bottom of the pile, and let the new stock weight down on it.
This is more well wishing than effective, really. That warped wood just stays there forever.
Anyone doing anything else that is smarter?
I feel your pain. I do the same thing and then in the spring I cut it up and use it to boil maple syrup.
We do a fair amount of raised panel doors, and only raise the front, so the backs are flat. These thinner panel lets us use up some of the unflat wood and only take a little bit of extra widebelt time to make vs full thickness panels with a back cut.
So I guess I need to get smart about builds that can use bent lumber. Short stock items probably...
What about a wide jointer? So you can joint the face a warped peice? Worth the effort on a 7/8 thick peice? I truely don't know--total shot in the dark here.
Goeff, your maple syrup talk makes me crave a big ol' french canadian breakfast at a sugar shack :)
Where I come from, everything is run over a joiner first for flat face and a square, straight edge. This is fundamental. This separates out any lumber that cannot make thickness into short parts, thinner parts, stock for later resawing, crating and packing, shop furniture and jigs, and lastly, firewood. It all gets used.
I used to joint everything as well. Going to the moulder for S4S gives the parallel edges that I need for glue up, and the planer takes care of the high/low sections. It was very difficult to let go of the old way, but it works for the way we use it. For more critical panels, we still start with flat parts and/or run the panel over the jointer.
We rip it up and turn it into 1/4 round.
Bah! Of course the jointer is fundamental... I should know better. If you don't use a jointer you are only making two sets of parallels, that don't necessarily make a square. Your two sets of parralels need to be perpendicular to each other. Very basic geometry....
I beleive I may have been participating in minor hackery :/
Do you guys ever send bowed/twisted material back to your supplier?
update--we've started tackling the pile :)
QUOTE=Where I come from, everything is run over a joiner first for flat face and a square, straight edge. This is fundamental. This separates out any lumber that cannot make thickness into short parts, thinner parts, stock for later resawing, crating and packing, shop furniture and jigs, and lastly, firewood. It all gets used.=QUOTE
Ditto. We use our 2-sided flattening planer as a first resort, but the stuff that's too bad for that get run over the jointer first.
The place the worst of the crooked stuff ends up is in flooring, since it can be cut down if necessary, and is nailed flat every 6" if not.
OTOH, if we get an entire pack that is really bad, yes we will send it back where it came from.
Rip it thin and use in bent laminations?