Milling Stock

Transforming logs into lumber saves money, but takes patience and skillful technique. Learn about milling trees and jointing and planing your way to square, true stock.

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No-fail Routines for Jointing and Planing
Basic instruction on using a jointer and planer, plus a video demonstration of the techniques.
How do I prevent home-center wood from warping?
It seems like every pine board I buy from the home center soon warps and becomes almost unusable. How can I stop this?
Waterfall Wonder
Create miter joints on natural-edge slabs for the look of a continuous-grain drop-off.
Planer tricks & truths
Follow these simple steps for top results every time.
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How to Work With Natural-Edge Slabs
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.
From Knotty to Nice
Get as much clear lumber as possible from knotty woods.

6 steps to perfect stock

Save money by buying rough-sawn lumber, and then turn that stock into ideal boards with your jointer, planer, and tablesaw using this simple method.