|Freshly re-sawn panel that will hopefully make an 18" x 18" panel.|
|My Shaker side table in cherry that I made a couple years back.|
The biggest lesson I took from that build was that wasting all that lumber was no waste at all. Grain orientatioin and the thought put in to what grain goes where made all the difference.
Having these beautiful oak boards, all about 1 3/4" thick, is plenty of lumber for this table, as long as I can squeeze everything out of these parts. Since this is all gorgeous quarter sawn wood, I think that it will work.
I spent some time deciding which boards are going to yield which parts. I had briefly thought of resawing the widest piece, to get a panel about 11 inches in which I would take the center of a three piece lamination to make an 18" wide panel for the top. I eventually decided against that, because that wide piece has the straightest grain and will make the best leg stock for the table. The narrowest piece will yield two nice resawn pieces wide enough to get the 18" square top. The grain on this piece had the most pronounced curvature to the grain of the three, so I chose to mark out and crosscut the piece where the curvature makes the least impact. I haven't decided yet if I'll glue those two boards up to be bookmatched or one next to the other. It all depends on what the final look will be like.
The apron boards and the drawer front will come from the third piece that hasn't been mentioned yet. Resawing that board will yield four nice boards for that purpose.
|I've started by crosscutting one piece in order to get the length to size before resawing.|
The reason I bought it is I couldn't get my Diston D-8 that I usually use for resawing in my suitcase, and I didn't want to build a framesaw for the purpose before starting this project. The saw was about 40 Euros from Dictum.
|My set up for kerfing my wood before resawing.|
|After some experimentation, I discovered kerfing with the crosscut teeth worked better.|
|Pull the wood past the clamped blade.|
|It seems to work really well!|
|Deepening the groove on the end grain.|
|Deepening the groove on the long grain.|
|The giant Dick saw actually seems to cut fairly efficiently.|
|For scale, the wood is a bit over nine inches wide.|
|All the way through!|
|That's enough work for me for today.|
Over all, I would have to give this giant Dick saw a positive review. It might not be my first choice for resawing a nine inch wide board, but in my circumstances it worked perfectly. I recommend it if you find yourself in a similar situation.
Next up, resawing the aprons and ripping the legs!