For the first time I bought lumber from a guy that has his own saw mill. It is 4/4 Hard Maple and Red Oak. My question is how should I go about squaring the edges/faces? Do I use the planer right away or should the jointer be used first? I really need some experienced advice because I have a lot of money invested in this pile of wood. Please help! Thanks.
Is the wood ready to be milled? I never bought it straight from the mill, but I have bought it from the lumber yard where they stock the 4/4 rough lumber that has been skip planed so you can see the grain of the wood.
I guess I am curious about the moisture content. If it was freshly sawed, I have heard where it needs to be stickered and allowed to dry for 1 year per inch of thickness.
what I do...
I usually buy boards up to ten - twelve feet in length and 6 inches or less in width.
Depending on my project needs, I try to figure out a rough cut list so I can cross cut the boards into 4-6 foot lengths.
If the boards are bowed, I use my table saw ripping sled
and rip one side straight.
Then I flatten one side on the jointer.
Then with that flat side against the fence, I run the straighten edge across the cutter. Now each board is flat on one side and one edge is flat and 90 deg to the flat side.
Next, I plane the boards to their final thickness. Note that I don't rip them on the table saw before planing because I will most likely be ripping and cutting different widths later.
When planing is complete, I will then turn to the final cutlist and start ripping and cross cutting my pieces. I might add that I usually leave the final length cross cuts until just before assembly so I can make sure I haven't made a mistake or measured wrong. It never hurts to be a little long. My shop doesn't have a board stretcher!
Hope this helps.
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