There are two types of people in the world, near as I can tell. There are those who resaw by hand, and then there are those who have a bandsaw, live near a decent lumber supplier who carries thin stock, do not do any woodworking, or are too wise to do it themselves. Sadly, I fall into the first category. Believe me, if I had a bandsaw or access to thin stock, I would not be treading this lonesome road. Maybe someday. There is probably some satisfaction in doing a process like this by hand, but it is a bit lost on me in the midst doing it.
Don't get me wrong, it's not that bad. It's still a quiet and peaceful session in the shop, and I would rather do this all day long than almost any other work. However, compared to planing or other operations, it's pretty much a drag. It might help to have the right tools for the job, but I got by using just a tenon saw.
I started out with some 5/4 Port Orford cedar which I wanted... I dunno, thinner than that. I'm aiming to make a small tray to fit into the top of a box. With a bandsaw, I might have tried to squeeze 3 boards out of the one, but instead I just did it in half, and then planed them down even thinner until I got tired. That's thin enough. I dunno, maybe tomorrow I will thickness them (thinness them?) a little more.
I scribe a line all the way around all 4 edges of the board, and then start on a corner. This way, I can follow 2 lines at once.
I drifted from the line a little bit, as you can see here, but that is ok since I wanted to make the resulting boards a bit thinner anyway. There is never an excuse for sloppiness, but this was the best I could do with my current skills. I stopped to wax the saw constantly, it was a welcome break and makes a big difference.
6,000 calories later, I had the boards split into thinner ones.
The narrow boards for the sides of the tray were relatively easy, but the wider ones for the bottom were unpleasant. There is a lot of friction with that much wood contacting the side of the saw. Like I said, despite loving hand tools, I would choose a bandsaw for this every time. I know a lot of folks out there resaw much larger boards (and much harder species) by hand. I also know I am just griping. Honestly it wasn't that bad, but I figured the blog could use a hint of drama.
The silver lining is that this makes ripping, my other least-favorite operation, seem like a piece of effortless cake!
The other silver lining of making this tray is that it generates curls of Port Orford cedar shavings. This stuff smells so amazing.