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.
Learn how to mill your own lumber using the Wood-Mizer portable sawmill. WOOD magazine's John Olson
How can I locate a mill in my area—preferably a portable one that can come to my place and cut the logs on-site?
I’m suddenly seeing ripples along edges of boards after I joint them. Because this never used to happen, and I don’t think my technique has changed, I’m at a loss. What’s wrong?
Is it okay to run plywood through a planer?
I left the unfinished top for a blanket chest in my truck on a hot, humid day, and it cupped. Can I get the top flat again without planing it (and reducing thickness)?
Often, when I rout, plane, or joint stock, especially figured wood, small chunks of wood tear loose from the surface, leaving it as pockmarked as the moon. What should I do differently?