It's a basic woodworking rule: Boards need one straight edge before you can work with them. If your board is warped by less than 1⁄2 " or so, it's simple enough to power up a jointer and straighten the edge. But when you're faced with a seriously bowed work piece, try the tricks here to straighten things out.
Why waste wood when you can nip the dips on the ends of your power-planed boards? Here's how.
Furniture made from slabs of wood with natural edges still intact has a soulful, sculptural quality, thanks largely to the handiwork of Mother Nature.
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.
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.
Book-matched panels add visual interest and a mark of fine craftsmanship to a project. What is book-matching? We'll show you.
Here's a reliable way to rip straight edges onto ragged-edge boards.
There's no such thing as the perfect board. But you can salvage a lot of "challenged" lumber using these tricks.