Pre-cutting of the thick planks
very heavy so that they can't be put on the circular saw bench. Thus I
pre-cut the planks directly on the ground using the circular
circular saw from Makita - a good tool!
There are lot of cheep sanding tools - but my experience is that there
is no good work using this tools. I recommend two machines: The
belt-sander Makita 9404 and excenter-sander Makita BO 6040.
BO 6040 together with a special vacuum cleaner
never have enough clamps...
well finished pieces of wood I use the circular saw bench Elektra Beckum PK 250. I
recommend to use different high-quality saw blades. In
addition, I use the band saw
Elektra Beckum BAS 450 DNB.
Those saws do not cut very precisely but very efficient. For
planing I use the planing machine
Beckum HC 260.
the circular saw bench, below the planing machine. Left used to get
right to get squared pieces of wood. These machines are from Metabo.
Even if they are not yet professional it is possible to get very good
The Fein Mulitmaster - a very helpful tool. See for example this page.
Using staples and compressed air
Staples can be very useful to fix veneers.
exist serveral electrical devices to get staples into the wood. If you
have a compressor you can use special devices using compressed air. I
use two different devices: One for nails and narrow staples, another
for extra wide staples suitable to fix veneers without damaging their
surface. I got them from FIXFAST.
It's not the newest one but
suitable: A small compressor providing pressure til 8 bar.
devices using compressed air: One for narrow staples, another for wide
ones. The pipe on the right is used to get rid of the dust on the
Measuring moisture of air and wood
The moisture of the wood depeends on that of
air. To measure the moisture of the wood I use a quite simple device -
a prefessional one would be very expensive.
of the air (left) and the wood (right). The recommended
range of the wood's moisture is
8-12% . In my case it is a little bit higher due to the lack
of a heating in my building.
Safety and cleaness
working with wood only in your spare time it can be dangerous: The dust
from oak is quite unhealthy, so a good mask to clean the air should be
used. Dependend on the machine I work with I use the half-mask (machine
connected with a vacuum cleaner) or a full-mask (machine not connected).
the left hand side a good maks from Protect: It contains two filters to
clean the air. On the right hand side a one-way mask. Those masks do
not work properly. Thus the shwon mask remains in the plastic
Full-mask (left), filter against
gas and dust (right).
In addition, I strongly recommend
to use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of the huge amount of dust and wood
shavings. I use Elektra
Beckum Spa 1000.
Special Question: Epoxid
Modern Epoxid-Resin is a very good material.
But it has to be handled with care:
- The given rates for the mixture of
resin have to be followed as well as possible. Therefore I recommend to
use a digital scale.
- I addition it is clear that you should
use suitable gloves, especially when you are working with Actone.
Equipment to handle expoxid