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Lumber - Rough to Planed Using Planer

A Use for my Planed Lumber Pieces

This picture is upside down, according to heart shape.

This picture is upside down, according to heart shape.

The Board - a Rough Sawn Piece of Ash

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My brother in law has a sawmill and he cut some boards for us years ago and they are fairly dry and good to go.

I would like to make drawers for a shelf unit to put my spices in. Remodeling or repurposing.

Not only do I want them to pull out, I want them to hang by pegs and turn into a mini shelf. This means I need to adjust the width of my drawer to make room for the slides at the sides.

If you can dream it, you can make it happen...

Big Unit to Replace Small Unit

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What I initially wanted to do was make drawers that pull out and hang and the spices would be on a sled or shelf.

This idea requires a bit of mechanical movement.

I measured the distance across and decided that a board cut just shy of fourteen inches would fit as a drawer front.

I used a chop saw and cut my rough board into short, equal lengths.

Then, started up the planer and ran one through to see how it would go. Then, I started over with all the boards, doing them one at a time, as a group. Planing them on one side to start.

In Goes the Pile of Boards

This lever sets the blade height to the board height, turning it a quarter turn for next set of planing

This lever sets the blade height to the board height, turning it a quarter turn for next set of planing

The blades are only on one side, top side

The blades are only on one side, top side

It self feeds the boards

It self feeds the boards

Do pile one at a time, to make sure they are planed the same

Do pile one at a time, to make sure they are planed the same

Keep Planing Until Desired Smoothness

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Run Through, Turn Crank, Run Through, Turn Crank

Do other side, same way.

Do other side, same way.

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Cleanup - Use Air Compressor to Blow the Sawdust Out

What a mess, planings and fine dust everywhere on and under the planer

What a mess, planings and fine dust everywhere on and under the planer

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Air nozzle works great to clean

Air nozzle works great to clean

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All clean, fold up rails and put cover on the keep out debris

All clean, fold up rails and put cover on the keep out debris

The faces are smooth now, but the edges are rough. Next step, cutting edge with jointer.

Then Use Jointer to Square Edge of Board

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To cut my drawer fronts or faces, I need to use the table saw to cut to size.

Now - to Cut my Drawer Faces

I need three faces in each section. I will cut two, then a smaller one to fit the space remaining

I need three faces in each section. I will cut two, then a smaller one to fit the space remaining

Lock into place

Lock into place

Retain both pieces

Retain both pieces

The first face fits well.

The first face fits well.

Cut 3 for Each Section

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Short strips for drawer sides

Short strips for drawer sides

This is what the short strips would do. They are drawer sides.

This is what the short strips would do. They are drawer sides.

I'm pondering what to do next.

The smaller cabinet has very small drawers.




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Since these are so thin, I thought maybe I should make mine thinner. For this, I used the table saw, the board on edge.

I used a pusher stick to guide it. Then, flipped it over and cut it again to sever. If I decide to do this again, I think I'll fashion a jig to hold my board. Something safer.

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This Just Might Work

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In making the wooden slides, I found I needed to put something in the space between the slide and the drawer to "clamp" the glue against the inside of my repurposed shelf.

I had some nails and folded newspaper that worked fairly well.once glue is dry I will remove them.

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