I havent been asked to leave yet, so Ill just keep this attempted build rolling, from start(the purchase of raw lumber)to finish.
What I know about planing wood could be written on a matchbook cover.
What I learned today:
1.Always make sure, no matter how heavy a machine is, its secure on a base or floor.
2.Long boards flex, and if you dont support them 100% along the way, Snipe, yes, until a few days ago, I thought Snipe was a guy I watched in action flicks, snipe is going to happen for sure.
3.If the machine is unsupported even for a split second, the blades of the planer will gouge out whereever they are at that point
4.Everything can be corrected with patience and I found it its a learning experience more about touch and getting to know, feel and understand a machine than it might be about outright skill.
5.My 20 something y/o Genie shop vac will not cut it as the dust collector for a planer
6.without a dust collector, planing is by far the most sawdust producing element of woodworking.(so far for me at least)
7.It doesnt pay to get frustrated, I bought 200 BF of wood for a job I might be able to do with 100BF or less, so its an investment in learning.
8.Ask questions, I just dont want to wear out my welcome here.
The operation, first time ever touching a planer:
I set the carriage down after reading the instuctions, yes, I have to read instructions.
The first piece the blade hardly touched, so I moved it down, and the fun began.
I ran the first board through 3 passes, both sides, and had not a single problem.
I ran the second board through, the machine stopped rolling it, I let go, the board tilted the machine up, it cut into the wood, the ends got all sniped up.
I unplugged the machine, checked it all out, reattached the dust duct just to make sure it was unclogged, and started it up again. The wood, with me supporting it as level as I could get, ran smooth unti I reached around 3/4 inch.
So I had to run the first board again, just out of curiosity, and one llittle foul up, but it ran smoothly.
The boards finally planedAttachment 25346 (a bad spot, but I will cutting that end off for now, since Im using these boards as attempted glue up for legs) the boards with the boo boo'sAttachment 25347 a little more planing and correctingAttachment 25348
the mess was unreal, the rain made nice mahogany paste out of alot of the dust, so cleaning it was not an easy taskAttachment 25349 (2 1x10x8 boards gave me around 2 cubic feet of sawdust, hmmm)
and the day began, with the client complaining last night the stand I built him, was too high, and since I need him for computer repair and machinery assembly, I decided to unscrew the top and recut the height of the legs.
So I unscrewed the top, but there was glue and a brad holding it, so I grabbed the hard rubber mallet and gave a whack, but I succeeded in only smashing my pinky, so at 9am, I saw stars, in a cloudy sky.
But it got cut, gotta keep the clients happy.Attachment 25350