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post #1 of 8 Old 06-08-2012, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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Curious, I have some landscape lumber laying around. I'm also in the process of sharpening my first set of chisels and have my first plane coming in the mail. Could I use that lumber to practice hand milling a boards and then use them to para rise joinery techniques? Or is that just crazy? Would it do more to discourage or teach technique?

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I personally would be afraid the landscaping lumber would have sand embedded from the usually rough handling of them, and the moisture content sometimes is real high, but that is just MHO.

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How do you plan on hand milling them?

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How do you plan on hand milling them?
Saws, and hand planes

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Hand saw? Chain saws? Saw zaw? Jig saw?band saw?chop saw? Lol
When you say milling are you referring to making boards? Just trying to understand.
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Hand saw? Chain saws? Saw zaw? Jig saw?band saw?chop saw? Lol
When you say milling are you referring to making boards? Just trying to understand.
Sorry mike. Lol
Simple hand tools. I'm a newbie doing lots of reading. My basic book wants me to start by making a flat board. I have basic power tools. Circular saw, router, miter, chisels, hand plane, getting a dovetail saw this weekend. I have a band saw that my wife picked up at a rummage sale! But it doesn't have a motor. I understand I need a 1/3 hp with 1725 rom? Was looking at HF. They had a 1/2 hp at 1725 rom for $99? Found AO Smith 1/3 hp online for $40. Rpm's were right, but said it was for a blower? Any answers to these questions? Or suggestions?

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If the landscape timbers have been used I would agree with jiju1943 the dirt and sand that is in the landscaping timbers would dull your tools after you've worked so hard to sharpen them. I think it would be easier if you want to practice to buy some whitewood boards to make a simple project. When I was in high school they had us make foot stools to practice with making glue joints with a plane.
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Landscape timbers would probably be pressure treated so pretty hard and a little nasty. If you want to just practice, you might ought to just get a few pieces of cheap pine from a big box store on any similar scraps you can find.
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