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Tricks for truing lumber without a jointer

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To flatten a twisted board
Board thru planer
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Insert shims without tape first.
Once you've stabilized the board,
remove one shim at a time, apply
tape, and return it to its location.

To flatten a twisted board

Make a sled from a scrap of flat plywood or MDF slightly longer and wider than your workpiece. Glue a cleat on the trailing end of the sled to capture the workpiece as it goes through the planer. Using scrapwood wedges held in place with double-faced tape, shim the gaps between the sled and the twisted board to keep it from rocking. Now, run the sled and board through the planer to flatten the top. Remove the workpiece from the sled, place the flattened face down and plane the opposite face.

Continued on page 4:  To rip a straight edge on boards


Comments (4)
schneierm wrote:

"Too" thick

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

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