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Old 10-02-2010, 10:22 PM   #2821
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One thing about arbutus is that it planes well as long as the blades are sharp. The least bit of dullness produces nothing but dust.

What I do to try and flatten the boards is this. First pass, run the board through the planer cup side facing up, and just take the smallest possible amount off. Say 1/32" or even less. You don't want the rollers putting any pressure on the board.

Take a look at the result. You may have only a 1/2" of flat wood on the edges, but that's OK. Make another pass on the same side.

After that one, flip the board and lower the cutterhead 1/32" or less. Make two passes on that side.

Now alternate between the two sides and keep the cuts very thin. 1/64" at a time will do the job without putting any pressure on the board. As soon as one side is fully planed, continue on the second side taking small bites until it is all flattened.

Check with your straightedge to see if it worked for you.

By the time you get close to completing the board, it should be coming out of the planer with shavings like this.
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I was trying to get some pics of the boards as they were exiting the planer, and I didn't catch this one in time. Get a load of that snipe!
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This board went through at 1/32" cut. I just took it out and set it down to show you how much wood comes off with such a small cut.

Notice how nice the shavings are? That happens with very sharp blades only.

Finally, when you have made one pass at your final setting on the planer, run the board through twice more without changing the cutterhead height. Both times it will take off just a little more and the board will come out nice and smooth.
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Right after that I had a short coffee break and wandered out to the bank to see what was happening. Not much, except for this dead jellyfish floating by.

I promised Jim I would try to get a pic, and this is the first one I have seen of the bigger type so far this year. The tentacles are all gone and it wasn't a particularly large one. About 13 to 14 inches across I would guess.
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Old 10-02-2010, 10:34 PM   #2825
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This is the pile of boards I had after the planing was done. There were many flaws in the arbutus, and I cut one extra stile for good measure.
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Thought I might show you one of the bench stops in use. These guys can be made up in quantity so that you won't run out in the event you damage a few.
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Notching out the middle cedar board in the stiles to accept the rails.
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The door frame is partially sitting together here.

You can see the recess which will take the panel. No decision yet on how the panel will look or be made up.
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I see that last photo shows a good use for the benchtop.

That nice thick top makes a terrific clamping surface. When the door gets glued up, it is my hope that it will be nice and flat, and the bench top itself will be a major contributing factor to that.

Just remember to use some scrap wood under your clamps.
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Here's the frame so far. Now I need to come up with an idea for the panels. They will float in the door frame.
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During my archaeological excavations - don't laugh - I was finally able to uncover the 10" dob.

This is the reflector style telescope of the type used by all the major observatories in the world. Some of the reflectors are so big that the mirrors are made up in sections.

In case you aren't aware, the expression "Dob" is short for Dobsonian. John Dobson is rightfully credited for bringing large aperture telescopes to the masses.

This scope can easily see the Andromeda galaxy along with the two much smaller galaxies that appear with it. Andromeda is about 2.7 million light years away from us (depending on who you talk to) - compared to only 8 1/4 light minutes for our sun.

Andromeda is on a collision course with our galaxy...but there's no hurry to spend your life savings right away...it's going to be awhile.
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Here's the frame so far. Now I need to come up with an idea for the panels. They will float in the door frame.
Thanks for showing all the details. This is very interesting.

Is there any chance the salvage store would have any colored or decorative glass panels that could be cut to the size you need?
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Thanks for showing all the details. This is very interesting.

Is there any chance the salvage store would have any colored or decorative glass panels that could be cut to the size you need?
Hmmmm...never thought of that. They might. I was planning on making up some wood panels.

I know that we got the last of the ones they had before.

I think the missus wants opaque panels in there...nervous Nelly that she is.
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Buddy, being a land lubber and only seeing the ocean from the top of a carrier or the beach, I only saw the small jelly fish and I thought that was how they all looked like. That is just unreal a jelly fish that size and color, I never knew they existed like that. Thanks for the photo Keith, I do appreciate that.

I got to tell you, that is a workbench any man would love to have. I would be afraid to do any work on it it is so pretty.

Seeing how you are building your door makes me say to myself, why didn't you think about that. I would have never thought to build a door that way. I can for sure tell you one thing, your door will be a lot stronger and less chance of it moving, twisting or warping the way you build yours than the way I built mine.

I used solid wood and used shaper cutters to make my rail and stiles and put them together like a cabinet door except I used dowels through my stiles into my rails for strength. I wish I had seen how to build a door like you are way back when, that just makes good sense.

I guess one is never too old to learn. Thanks buddy for showing us so far.
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During my archaeological excavations - don't laugh - I was finally able to uncover the 10" dob.

This is the reflector style telescope of the type used by all the major observatories in the world. Some of the reflectors are so big that the mirrors are made up in sections.

In case you aren't aware, the expression "Dob" is short for Dobsonian. John Dobson is rightfully credited for bringing large aperture telescopes to the masses.

This scope can easily see the Andromeda galaxy along with the two much smaller galaxies that appear with it. Andromeda is about 2.7 million light years away from us (depending on who you talk to) - compared to only 8 1/4 light minutes for our sun.

Andromeda is on a collision course with our galaxy...but there's no hurry to spend your life savings right away...it's going to be awhile.
My stars, sorry about that, that is one heck of an instrument. Since talking to you I have become interested in the stars and planets, they are really very very interesting. Can you take pictures through that one? Some of the pictures online are fantastic.

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