Furniture made from slabs of wood with natural edges still intact has a soulful, sculptural quality, thanks largely to the handiwork of Mother Nature.
Breaking down full-size sheet goods is best handled with a circular saw, so you can move the saw over a stationary sheet.
With a sharp blade and by moving your arms and legs in unison, shavings will flow from your hand plane with minimal effort. Follow these simple steps to improve your results.
Let Mother Nature be your co-designer as you build dazzling projects with wavy edges, bristly burrs, bark inclusions, and other “flaws” that give wood a look of unrefined beauty.
The first time I saw a piece of furniture with book-matched door panels was at a museum exhibit of 17th- and 18th-century woodworking.
A jointer flattens one face of a board and squares up an adjacent edge—but it can’t bring that board to consistent thickness. That’s the planer’s job. So a jointer and planer work together.