fnkershner Posted October 10, 2013 Share #1 Posted October 10, 2013 (edited) I would like to add this topic for discussion. I will list in detail the steps I use to create planks for my hull. I would like to hear comments on these steps. Are there other ideas out there and have you had a different experience. Step 1. I select a piece of wood of the right specie with tight grain that is not too large for my Jim Saw. Step 2. I determine the size of plank I want to make and the number of planks needed. For this example I will be creating Walnut planks that are .6 mm thick and 5 mm wide and 640 mm long. Step 3. I first set up my Jim Saw to cut a slice of wood that is 5 mm by 640 mm Step 4. I then change to my slitting blade (I have a .020) I don't want to was too much wood Step 5. I now cut my planks to the thinnest possible thickness. I find that the thinnest I can cut is about 1.2 mm and still get uniform sizes. Step 6. By the time I have finished Step 5 I now have about 20 or so Walnut Planks. These Planks now measure 1.2 X 5 X 640 mm Step 7. Its time now to turn to the Thickness Sander. I use Jim's thickness sander. I use one plank and insert it in the sander and turn the thickness gauge until the plank is snug. Of course I start on the coarse side of the sander. Step 8. With each pass of the planks thru the Thickness Sander I adjust the thickness control 3 gradients (the white marks on the wheel). I use my micrometer to measure the final thickness. I should also mention that I try to flip from 1 side to the other with each pass. Step 9. Repeat the above until I get to the approx. thickness desired. At this point I switch to the fine side of the sander. and go 2 or 3 passes to reach the desired thickness. So what is your experience? I am finding that with Walnut I am getting a feathery edge to my planks. What is your experience. Edited October 10, 2013 by Floyd Kershner Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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