A local trophy shop asked me today to make four simple pieces in Walnut, 4" x 28" and with a Roman Ogee edge profile. I'll be doing some CNC work for them and have the Walnut ready for the upcoming jobs but they needed these four pieces right away. This is some of the Walnut I helped mill back in mid October Sawing Walnut Logs
and posted here. This is some gorgeous unsteamed Walnut!
For those who don't do this I thought it would be good to just post the steps. My reasoning is that I often get asked by friends why my projects end up looking different from theirs and this is one of the reasons - properly milled stock to start a project. These boards are in the rough so that means ripping and crosscutting to size, of course, but the next steps are where the difference comes in for a better end result - YMMV.
My steps for this -
- Crosscut to a half inch over length
- Rip to a quarter inch over width
- Pick a good edge and straighten on the jointer
- Determine face to show, flatten on the jointer to remove cupping, bowing, etc.
- Once that is flat then surface the other side in the planer (face jointed side down)
- When that side is cleaned up surface the reference face one time in the planer
- Sand both sides with drum sander to remove any marks (optional)
- Rip to exact width using the jointed edge against the table saw fence
- Crosscut to final length using a stop so all pieces are exact
Many of you know this already but I remember when this would have been news to me and helpful to learn why my projects didn't turn out like some I had seen. So feel free to chime in with your steps to prepare stock especially if they're different than mine.
Anyway, doing those steps produces pieces that are perfectly flat, square, and exactly the same and they look like this -
And I have to add that even though I might have just built an awesome CNC router machine there are still times when a good ol' router table is best, like using a Roman Ogee bearing bit. Fortunately I have a portable router table and a very small place to set it up at the end of the CNC machine and I had forgotten just how much of a mess this makes! Walnut everywhere even though my makeshift dust collection was catching about half! LOL!
But the boards are cut and waiting for lacquer tomorrow. I put a little Naphtha on one spot to see the color and it is purty!