Following the well-written article on page 58 in the May issue (kitchen stools), I need to make the thin (3″ x <1/8″ x 22″) strips that will be laminated to form the curved back (supported by the spindles).
There’s no problem cutting the strips from 1-1/4″ thick wood to a little under 3/16″ on the table saw, but I want a glueable surface. When they go through the planer (on a carrier board) the grain is chipping badly in places on most pieces. The planer knives are sharp and set properly. I’m taking off less than 1/32″ with each pass. The wood is at about 10% MC.
The wood is bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) and has grain that is not particularly straight resulting in chip out. Occasional chipout occurs on thicker stock, but with the thin stock it blows up. The irregularity of the grain makes it hard to feed the piece to minimize the issue.
Is there a technique to get <1/8″ and have a smooth surface?
What can I do better with the current technique? Next time I try I will –
– plane one of the surfaces before cutting on the table saw to reduce the passes through the planer made by the thin stock.
– more carefully select boards for little of no grain deviation
– look for a board with a slight slope of grain so there is a clear feed direction through the planer (too much slope and it will break when bending).
Thanks in advance for suggestions.