Milling lumber is basically taking a piece of a tree and making it into something beautiful. The process does take a bit of time and finesse. I buy almost all of my lumber in the rough from a local farmer.
Buying local is a great way to save some money and help stimulate the local economy! My friend is also a veteran, so that increases my eagerness to support him and his business.
Once the lumber has had the proper amount of time to acclimate to my shop, I then will start to break it down for a project. If the board is really long, or just too large for the miter saw, my tool of choice is the jig saw.
Next up is the work on the jointer and planer. I found my jointer on craigslist and all it really needed was new blades. Before we fire up the tool and start using it, let’s understand a little bit more about how it works.
There are many videos on YouTube explaining this topic, so I won’t reinvent the wheel here. I’ll let Matt Cremona explain it for us.
Now, on to the planer. The goal here is to make the opposite face of the board we jointed, flat and parallel to the first face.
Once complete, I’ll finish squaring the board at the table saw.
Now it’s ready to either be finished as the picture above, or it’s ready to be added into the project. Either way, this is how I do it and I hope you enjoyed my guide to milling lumber.
Check out my post about my workbench which I just milled up some 8/4 thick walnut.