Preparing the Wood
The function of the tools I use and how they work are explained here. Specific tools used are noted in bold.
All the pieces of the storm door are cut from one 12” x 10’ piece of mahogany. Using a single board will guarantee that the grain and color matches across the door.
The first step is to dimension the boards:
A straight edge is cut on the sliding table saw. The saw’s table slides in parallel to the blade, resulting in a perfectly straight edge.
Using the straight edge as a guide, the boards are cut to width of the table saw.
One face of the boards are flattened on the jointer.
The other face is flattened and the boards are made a consistent thickness using the planner.
Both faces are then sanded using the widebelt sander. In addition to smoothing the wood, the sander does the final thickness dimensioning.