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If the lumber is indeed dry......
Response To:
This wood seems dry..... ()

Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
You will know in short order if the lumber is in fact dry. If not dry there will be a moisture gradient. After resawing one side will gain or loose more than the other and you will have cupping, a fatal defect when trying to tease maximum thickness from something resawed.

I know that the drawer siding billets I have are not thoroughly dry. Hence, the more involved procedure I reported above for resawing and drying.

Philosophically, if there is risk of reawed lumber moving after resaw I avoid any loss of thickness until the cuttings are stabilized. That small thickness needlessly removed by skip planing may have been removed from just the location thickness is needed to flatten after equilibration. If the cuttings were reasonably flat in the rough I would not have flattened before resaw, for the same reason. Otherwise I too would have begun flattening before resaw and sawed from this face against the fence.

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