Make a small wooden board from old planks

To make the seat table for the stool, my intention was to purchase a strips board. But as I already mentioned, I ended up making a small board with some scrap planks that I had in the workshop. The method you see in the video is not very fine there, and I had no idea what it would look like, but the truth is that I am happy with the result despite the fact that if we look at the joint between the planks we can see a little gap. I am also happy because I was able to use the wooden clamps for the first time, and the truth is that they do a great job (although with the help of the small metal clamps) and I am sure that I will give them a lot of use and perhaps make some more.

To reinforce the union of the boards that make up this board I used tubillions 10 millimeters, which I focused with the help of nails. Normally I would use some centering pins (those little pieces of copper that you see in one of the photos), but I only have centering devices and depth stops for 6 and 8 mm bits and bits.

Kit for placing tubillions,

Another option would be to use a doweling jig, but I wanted to try this nails woodworking technique and use the drill freehand. Getting the holes we make with the drill to be at 90º with the edge of the plank is important, since if the dowels are tilted they will not fit well into the holes in the other plank. I have a small drill press, but while I don't make it a nice drill press table I didn't want to show it much.

Large table brush.

Finally the ugly part of the video. I still don't have a proper carpenter's brush (and I don't have enough skill to use it with confidence if I did) and although I have a handheld electric brush, I have to say that I have a hobby (I no longer have a hobby). If you are thinking of buying one, forget about it. They do not do the work that the carpenter's hand brush of a lifetime does at all and they are also quite dangerous in my opinion, since when the blade is out of sight and still accessible, it is very easy to put your hand under the brush and I bring you a finger (I still have them all, but on some occasions I am missing very little) The ideal would be to have a table brush and a thicknesser, or at least a table saw in good condition. As my small table saw leaves a lot to be desired because I started with this idea of ​​trying to adjust the edges of the tables with the help of a rasp. a little botched yes, but an acceptable result at least for me. If I admit that next time I will use the table saw.

I said, buying the electric hand brush for me was a bad idea (I don't think the same since I became my little one homemade thickening machine, now I am more than happy to have bought the electric carpenter's brush). There are others woodworking and DIY tools most interesting in which to spend money.

In this video you can watch how to use the jointer. Yes, in English.

Low video upload speed.

And just for commenting on my video upload speed to the internet…. I better leave you a screenshot.

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12 comments on "Small board of glued slats"

    1. It is necessary to pay attention while you decide the order in which you place the boards, before drilling the holes for the dowels.

  1. I had thought to buy a brush of those electric ones but now reading you I will think about it. Would it be possible just like you did with the circular saw to dock it on a table?


    1. Mattias ( makes a table one out of a thickener. Maybe you can do something similar with a handheld or anchor it securely to a table. I have a couple of ideas but they will take a long time to be put into practice because I don't miss it. Now that having a table brush and a thicknesser would give us many possibilities when it comes to doing our projects. Regards

    2. Yes I have seen it this morning too. The only downside that I see is that the height of the wood cannot be modified, it says that it is 2cm and it brushes accordingly, to equalize it to another height we have to change the wood that is the support. Otherwise it is perfect, great handyman this man.

  2. Changing the subject but related to your video, I have seen sniffing around the net a system that a priori I see very practical to glue the woods, well as practical as it is impossible for my economy at present. The link is
    Do you think it would be feasible to make a wooden copy of it like you did with the sergeants? Note that this method of fastening no longer matters the distance as long as you have a good crossbar that crosses it from side to side


  3. Once you have the system connected to the planer, change the slats to change the height, I do not think it is a greater problem and it is only necessary to have different size slats ready for each case that we need.

    Making sergeants like the ones you tell me doesn't seem very difficult. They also have the advantage that they already tighten the woods so that the board is flat. Maybe one day I will look to make some.

  4. Hello Sergio. As always it is a pleasure to follow you.

    Looking at the way you have built the board, it occurs to me ... How would one made of pallet boards look like? I have a lot of them, and the economy is not for expenses ...


    1. Hello Manuel.
      If you select them a little, you prepare them, squaring them and brushing them, you will surely get a nice board. If you don't have a table saw or a table brush, you know, you can take a look at this blog and see how to make some homemade ones.

    2. Thanks for responding Sergio.

      I am getting the tools to make adaptations to a table like yours, but I have had a small problem: I have bought a disc saw and before using it I have started looking for discs for a finer cut, but I cannot find discs of that size. I will have to return it and take another one.


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