Wood doesn’t come straight and square from the tree. It certainly does not come flat and square from the lumberyard. Milling your stock is the first job on the road to a successful project. It is the foundation on which you set your joinery. If you have unsquare, twisted or warped boards, it is very difficult to make accurate joints that fit well, doors that open and close easily, or drawers that slide properly.
Learn how to turn twisted wood into useful lumber. Discover how to mill out defects to maximize the yield from each stick. In this class you will discover methods for the proper use of your band saw, jointer, planer, and table saw to accurately mill your stock.
Also get some incredibly useful information on how to buy lumber. There are noticeable differences between sticks of wood. Learn how to read a board before buying it. What are the common defects you should know about for any species of wood? Discover the differences between early and late wood growth and the 3 different types of porosity in lumber. Knowing the way that a species will look, take finish, and age affects how every one of the pieces will turn out.
Milling wood requires sharp blades and a keen mind, using your wits while keeping all your fingers. Learn to mill your wood from the safety of your own home from Master Woodworker Gary Rogowski. There will be plenty of time after the talk for Q&A so come prepared with your questions.
Gary Rogowski is the Director of The Northwest Woodworking Studio in Portland, OR. He has been designing and building furniture since 1978. His design work has been shown at museums and galleries nationwide. As a Contributing Editor at Fine Woodworking Magazine for fourteen years, he wrote, The Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery. It is now in its 18th printing and translated into many languages. His latest book is entitled Handmade: Creative Focus in the Age of Distraction, Linden Publishing.
Follow him on Twitter @GaryRogowski and listen to his practical, philosophical and humorous podcast: “Splinters with Gary Rogowski”.