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Offline ear3

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Spring is for slabbing
« on: April 13, 2019, 07:53 PM »
Finally getting around to making the conference table I got a bookmatched pair of spalted maple slabs for, which have been sitting in the corner of my dining room for almost a year.


Just thought I'd post in the chat forum to celebrate the turn of the season -- looking forward to warm days ahead and working outside without a heated sweatshirt.

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Offline ScotF

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Re: Spring is for slabbing
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2019, 12:22 AM »
That is going to be nice...

How do you like the Woodpeckers jig?

Offline deepcreek

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Re: Spring is for slabbing
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2019, 06:19 AM »
Was this work done with or without dust collection?

Just curious.

That's a lot of dust!
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Offline Bob D.

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Re: Spring is for slabbing
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2019, 07:00 AM »
What are you using for a base for the jig? Almost looks like a hollow core door slab.
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Offline Cheese

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Re: Spring is for slabbing
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2019, 08:21 AM »
I'm also interested in your thoughts on the Woodpeckers setup.

What planing bit are you using Edward?

Offline ear3

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Re: Spring is for slabbing
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2019, 08:36 AM »
@ Bob D. It's just a platform I rigged up out of 2x6s (ripped a bit more narrow to be straight) and plywood. 

@ScotF I really like the jig so far, though this is only the second time using it.  Very smooth action in use.  My only complaint is the lack of smaller extensions, which is why I had to extend the current setup to 10 ft. in length and use the 6 ft. rails for the slide carriage.  But I did contact Woodpeckers and am going to be getting a single 4 ft. extrusion that I will cut in two so I can work in  8ft. lengths.

@deepcreek Yes there was dust collection, but it's basically useless when the bit extends that far below the machine for a surfacing cut.  Woodpeckers has just come out with a shroud attachment that I'm considering getting -- but there's so much dust generated from this sort of operation that I'd just as well save some CT bags and sweep it all up later.  I'm working outside the confines of the shop in my driveway, so I'm not so worried about the sawdust piles.

What are you using for a base for the jig? Almost looks like a hollow core door slab.
Kapex KS 120 w/UG Cart and Extensions • CXS Set • T18+3 w/Centrotec Installer's Set • PDC 18/4 • TS 75 • TSC 55 • HKC 55 w/250, 420 and 670 FSK rails • Carvex 420 w/Accessory Kit • Domino 500 Set • Domino 700 XL • OF 2200 w/Base Accessory Kit • OF 1400 • OF 1010 • MFK 700 EQ Set • LR 32 • MFS 400 w/2000, 1000, and 700 extensions • Rotex 90 • Rotex 150 • LS 130 • ETS-EC 150/5 • ETS-EC 150/3 • Pro 5 LTD • RTS 400 • RAS 115.04 • RS 2 • HL 850 • Vecturo OS 400 • CT 26 w/BT module • CT Sys w/Long-Life Bag • MFT/3

Offline ear3

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Re: Spring is for slabbing
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2019, 08:50 AM »
@Cheese Using Whiteside surface planing bit.  In terms of the end result it frankly isn't all that different or better than the 1 1/2" straight bit I was using before, but since it is less massive, there's not as much anxiety using an extender chuck and plunging it so deep.

Another thing I like about the Woodpecker mill is that the setup is really easy.  The crucial distance you have to match is that between the carriage and the rails, but that is simple to do by just using the carriage to finetune the position of the rails before screwing them down to the bed.

The main question about the woodpecker jig vet I suppose most people have is the value proposition, since it is ridiculously expensive. I don't really have an answer for that, and Im going to have to do a bunch more slabs before I can come to a firm conclusion. Giving my space constraints, where i needed somthing that could be easily setup, disassembled and stored for reuse, while also delivering precision, and the fact that I wasn't deferring the purchase of another more essential tool by getting it, I'm ok so far with the purchase. It certainly made the difference on the Elm Table I just finished, where i was able to remove the cupping that had developed in the top -- and I only had to remove about an 1/8 " , and so was able to deliver the final result still within spec. I don't think I could have pulled that off working by hand.


I'm also interested in your thoughts on the Woodpeckers setup.

What planing bit are you using Edward?
« Last Edit: April 14, 2019, 09:07 AM by ear3 »
Kapex KS 120 w/UG Cart and Extensions • CXS Set • T18+3 w/Centrotec Installer's Set • PDC 18/4 • TS 75 • TSC 55 • HKC 55 w/250, 420 and 670 FSK rails • Carvex 420 w/Accessory Kit • Domino 500 Set • Domino 700 XL • OF 2200 w/Base Accessory Kit • OF 1400 • OF 1010 • MFK 700 EQ Set • LR 32 • MFS 400 w/2000, 1000, and 700 extensions • Rotex 90 • Rotex 150 • LS 130 • ETS-EC 150/5 • ETS-EC 150/3 • Pro 5 LTD • RTS 400 • RAS 115.04 • RS 2 • HL 850 • Vecturo OS 400 • CT 26 w/BT module • CT Sys w/Long-Life Bag • MFT/3

Offline Mtpisgah

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Re: Spring is for slabbing
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2019, 10:13 PM »
I flattened two slabs this weekend and have two more to do so I can complete the project. It was raining Sunday so I had to do it in the garage, what a mess. I have looked at the WP dust shroud and wonder if I can make it fit my sled (1”x1” Aluminium angle).