I’d like to build the fold-flat workbench from the October 2011 issue (Issue 207). As a beginning woodworker, I’m curious: What is the logic behind planing the dimensional lumber in that project?

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Q:

I'd like to build the fold-flat workbench from the October 2011 issue (Issue 207). As a beginning woodworker, I'm curious: What is the logic behind planing the dimensional lumber in that project?
—Tom Walker, Boonville, Mo.

A:

Along with cupping and warping, Tom, minor differences in thickness and width are common in dimensional lumber (2×4s, 2×6s, etc). Also, the rounded edges of most dimensional lumber make measuring and marking difficult.

To use these construction-grade materials in better-quality furniture and shop projects, you need to treat dimensional lumber as you would rough lumber. Follow the steps below:

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