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Dealing with wood defects

There's no such thing as the perfect board. But you can salvage a lot of "challenged" lumber using these tricks.

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In woodworkers' dreams, all wood looks like the boards we see in cutting diagrams: flat and straight, with parallel edges and not a single knot or inconsistency. In reality, though, wood is far from perfect. Even the best grades often suffer from one or more of these common defects.

The best way to deal with lumber defects is, of course, to avoid questionable boards in the first place. But if a board has great grain, is the only one available that suits your needs, or carries a bargain price, don't reject it just because of a few problems. Use the following tricks to get the most from less-than-perfect lumber.

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Comments (2)
pf2 wrote:

The other day, I needed to clean up rough edges on 4' boards. Rather than use a carrier strip requiring extra steps to install/remove double-sided tape, I clamped an 8' length of 2"x2" angle aluminum onto my fence over a 1/4" spacer to lift it off the table saw slightly. This gave me an 8' long fence that the rough boards could ride against... a charm. Quick work of all the boards -- even with resetting the fence position for different board widths.

11/22/2013 10:23:49 AM Report Abuse
RickGarrett wrote:

maybe the artical is short, but truth be known. This is some realy good info. @least for me.

1/20/2011 06:44:01 PM Report Abuse

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