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There is a downside to buying lumber from a guy’s garage.Ã?  Retail, the 12/4 walnut and 8/4 walnut I scored from the garage would have cost me more than $400. I paid $90. But there was another bill about to come due on that wood.

This afternoon I took a break from editing manuscripts and decided to surface all the walnut for the Creole Table’s aprons and top. I had to resaw the 8/4 plank on the Laguna to get the aprons and so I took a close look at the saw’s set up. The guides looked good. The blade was positioned just right on the wheels. And a milk run (no wood) indicated everything was humming.

So I made a test cut on one of the fall-off pieces. Groan. The 5/8″ blade was so dull it wouldn’t resaw a wet baguette. So I remove the blade, put on a slightly fresher one and then , joy , go to a meeting on the third floor to discuss some magazine business.


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