It’s finally here! After interrupting errands, bad weather, and a week-long trip to Disney World, the lumber for the blanket chest has finally arrived!
I had decided on yellow poplar, and asked the lumber yard for some fat 4/4 stock, so that I can get a full 7/8″ thickness after final planing. They obliged with the above boards, which are actually almost 1 1/8″ thick – perfect for my requirements. The boards are all 9-10′ in length, and range from 6 3/4″ to 10″ in width. All were chosen to allow me to easily get multiples of 3″ widths from them. Since the chest will be painted, the mix of heartwood and sapwood is not a concern. The final total was 41.5 bd. ft. This might be a bit of overkill, but it never hurts to have some poplar laying around the shop, so I’m sure it won’t go to waste.
Since the climate of the lumberyard shed is practically identical to my shop, I’m not too worried about an initial acclimation, and decided to proceed straight to skip-planing. This will remove the outer surface of the board, and allow the wood to stabilize prior to final planing to thickness. You can see from the photo below the length of the boards as they are readied for planing. I’ll let them rest stacked and stickered for a few weeks, and go on to other projects while I let the wood do whatever movement it plans on doing. Then, it’ll be time to get busy. Stay tuned!