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.
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The old maple tree that fell in my backyard, but all the sawyers I’ve called seem reluctant to come mill it for me. Should I have to pay for their equipment if a blade breaks?
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