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Tricks for truing lumber without a jointer

Boards on table saw
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Ruler on board
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To identify wood distortion, sight
down the length of the board and
across the top edges of winding
sticks in contrasting colors.

No jointer? No problem! You can still mill flat boards with square edges. Your grandad may have reached for a hand plane (see More Resources for a video on flattening boards by hand, on last slide), but today there's an easier way. With a few common power tools, you can use any of these five easy methods for flat boards in no time.

Quick Tip! Before starting, identify any wood distortion with winding sticks: a pair of short, straight lengths of wood or metal, as shown below.

Continued on page 2:  For a cupped board


Comments (4)
schneierm wrote:

"Too" thick

1/16/2014 09:53:10 AM Report Abuse

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