Pre-cutting of the thick planks
planks are 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 a circular saw
for professional use.
There are lot of cheep sanding tools - but
my experience is that there is no good
work using this tools. I recommend
machines for professional use as well
never have enough clamps...
well finished pieces of wood I use the
circular saw bench like shown in the
picture below. I recommend to use
different high-quality saw blades.
In addition, In addition, I recommend a
band saw. Those saws do not cut very
precisely but very efficient.
the circular saw bench, below the
planing machine. Left used to get
suitable thickness, 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 results.
Using staples and compressed air
Staples can be very useful to fix
veneers. There 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.
Measuring moisture of air and wood
The moisture of the wood depeends on
that of the air. To measure the moisture
of the wood I use a quite simple device
- a prefessional one would be very
Measuring the moisture 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
you are 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).
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 box...
(left), filter against gas and
In addition, I strongly recommend
to use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of
the huge amount of dust and wood
Special Question: Epoxid
Modern Epoxid-Resin is a very good
material. But it has to be handled with
- The given rates for the mixture of
hardener and 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.
to handle expoxid properly.