How to Transform Found Wood Into Usable Stock
Processing Your Wood: The 5 Key Steps
Once you've completed construction of the shooting box, you're now ready for the exciting part-remolding those awkward-shaped pieces of wood into project material. Ready to start?
1. Begin by nailing one of the shooting box's support arms to the log as shown in the sketch on the previous page. Make sure that the top edge of the arm extends slightly above the surface of the log. Repeat this process to attach the second arm to the log.
Now, lift the log into position in the shooting box. Also, locate the router-mounted carrier board atop the rails of the shooting box. Lower the router's cutter (we used a 1/2" carbide-tipped straight bit) so that it will remove about 1/4" of material. Then, holding the router as shown in Photo 1, move the carrier board back and forth over the log until you have removed the stock.
2. Actually, from here on out, you can rely on your bandsaw, fitted with the widest blade you have, to make the remaining cuts. As you can see by looking at Photo 2, you make the next cut with the surface that you just trued-up against the bandsaw table. Use a straight-edged guide board to control your cut. Take your time here; the slower you go, the straighter your cut will be. Note: Due to the thickness of our log section, we had to remove a portion of it with a chainsaw prior to making the cut shown. Only then would the remaining piece pass under the upper blade guide.
3. Next, with two (in our case, three) flat surfaces to work with, you can call on the saw's rip fence to guide your remaining cuts. To determine the maximum-width cut you can make on your machine, raise the upper blade guide up as far as possible and measure the distance from the table to the bottom of the blade guide. Then, set your rip fence that distance from the blade, and pass the stock through the saw again, as shown in Photo 3.
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