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    working on first commissioned piece

    My mother-in-law has asked for me to build her a table. I need to get it done by the first of May when she moves into her new apartment.

    I cleaned the shop up enough today to have space to work, went out to the lumber pile and brought in the planks I'll be turning into the table. I also crosscut away the end checking on the RAS with a thin kerf Freud 12" 44 tooth blade.

    Here's the wood at the end of the day.

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    Tomorrow I'm going to rough rip the edges with my EZ Smart system and then make and use a planer sled for jointing, as I don't want to use the flip method on so many pieces on my 6" jointer.

    I will use the jointer to make square glue-lines on the edges after planing to uniform thickness. One of the pieces has significant cup and has a defect that would prevent it from being proper length, so I wrote "RIP FOR APRON" on both faces.

    Depending on timing, I may inlay some walnut as a decorative border on the top.

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    That's some nice looking wood Mark...

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    Following along Mark, good luck with the project.
    cheers

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    keep up the good work mark!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    That's some nice looking wood Mark...

    Thanks! It is maple (Acer freebeerius) from Chenango County, NY. Not quite three years ago, a coworker had a tree fall during a storm. He let me harvest some logs and another friend happened to have a bandmill on loan from one of his friends.

    The friend whose tree it was is an ESF (SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry) looked through his old forestry text and we're pretty sure it is a soft maple, maybe a silver? Now I don't remember if silver was one of two species we narrowed it down to or was one we decided was not the right call.

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    How did it treat your planer? I've got some Rock Maple that is going through my dewalt blades like the blades were butter!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    How did it treat your planer? I've got some Rock Maple that is going through my dewalt blades like the blades were butter!
    I'll let you know tomorrow after it goes through the planer.

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    Looking forward to the build
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