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The Green Initiative (Part III)

Thursday, August 28th, 2009


Once one flat surface is achieved using the jointer the next step is to run each piece through the thickness planer. This procedure will produce a uniform thickness and also (inherently) guarantee that each surface is completely parallel. The wood is now known as S2S, or Surfaced 2 Sides. A thickness sander can be used in the absence of a planer although this technique is much more time consuming.


After just a few minutes the once unassuming boards are transformed into beautiful pieces of wood (Figure 1). I use the word "beauty" because the black streaks and staining around the nail holes (Figure 2) adds character and gives the wood a unique distressed appearance. One edge was then jointed which resulted in boards knows as S3S, or Surfaced 3 Sides. Once the boards are ripped to uniform widths they will be ready to use on the project and known as S4S, or Surfaced 4 Sides.   


pallet wood planed     pallet wood planed close up         

Figure 1                                                                    Figure 2  


The boards, or slats, used for the construction of the pallet were known as "rough sawn", meaning they were cut to dimension and immediately used without any dressing of the surface with the thickness planer. Wood can be purchased from a lumber supplier rough sawn, S2S, S3S or S4S. However, keep in mind that additional machining directly translates to additional cost. But that is a topic for another blog entry.


(Green Initiative Part I)

(Green Initiative Part II)

(Green Initiative Part IV)


If you have any questions or comments about this blog entry please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. Thanks and be safe when working with tools!!!




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Robert Burgoyne, also known as "Burgie", has been doing woodworking for nearly 30 years. He started learning at an early age in his grandfather's garage and continued while working with his father in construction. The hobby has now become a business with Creative Landscape Accents. Burgie builds  high quality woodworking projects for the outdoors and also enjoys making decorative accent pieces for inside the house. While not working in his shop doing woodworking Burgie enjoys computers, restoring his old 1964 Chevy C60 2-ton dump truck and riding his Harley-Davidson Road King throughout beautiful Colorado.



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