Video 3 – Racking out and flattening the boards.

As you can see in the video, I store the box sides in a dark corner of the workshop. They have been sitting on the shelves for about 6 months now. This is how many I normally do in a batch. I write the date on a few of the box sides so I know when I put them in the shelves.

In this batch I have a few species like, Fiddle-back Mango, silky oak, Tasmanian Blackwood, Red Cedar and Queensland Walnut.

Another thing that needs to be done is to cut the box lids. I cut the box lids to the size of 170mm long x 60mm wide and about 10mm thick. Thickness is not important now – rough sawn between 8mm – 12mm.

Next step – Flattening the boards. 1st step is to flatten out the board. Traditioanly you would use a joiner to flatten one face of the box side, but becuase I am using highly figured timbers, the joiner will want to chip the boards. I am using a linisher to sand it flat, the linisher has a flat cast iron bed which will do the same job. This eliminates any chance of chippping out the boards.

I use 80 grit sandpaper to flatten out the board. I go through and sand all the boards this way.

The next step is thickness all the boards. Again, rather than use a thicknesser machine I use a thickness drum sander. There is no chance of chipping out with the thickness drum sander. We want to bring the thickness of the board to about 8mm thick.