Category Archives: Lessons Learned

Mill Boards In Two Sessions

When I began learning about milling wood, I always heard to mill in two sessions at least a day apart, in case the wood moves at all. Glad I remembered that, this was after one session a few weeks ago.


Note To Self: Watch That Grain Direction!

In starting to work on the Craftsman inspired end table, I am, for the first time, working with rough stock. I must say, it is very cool seeing what appears when you begin to joint and plane the rough lumber – how the grain really starts to show itself.

And I learned a lesson in the process – pay attention to grain direction!

I actually did – for the most part… but as you can see from the picture above, this was the one time I forgot, and fed this piece through my planer the wrong way, resulting in a “little bit of tearout”… d’oh! There was that “missing piece” that you see that was starting to lift away a bit, and by the time I noticed it going through the planer, it was too late. A though of “uh oh”, then a “ka-chunk!” sound, and this is how it came out the other side.

Luckily, I left the piece overly long and hadn’t planed it down to final thickness yet, so this wasn’t a fatal mistake. Phew!

Did You Know…

That MDF will get moldy if it gets wet? I do now! After spraining my ankle and breaking my foot, I wasn’t able to get down into the shop for a while, during which we had a lot of rain, and the basement got a little wet. I never got the chance to pick up the MDF scraps from my shelving unit… I’ll say though it’s a nice shade of green.