The Craftsman's Path #44: Using the Band Saw and Jigsaw for Rough Stock Prep

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Blog entry by Mark Mazzo posted 08-06-2008 09:51 PM 1367 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 43: Moving the target in design Part 44 of The Craftsman's Path series Part 45: Graham Blackburn Lecture »

Previously, I wrote about the merits of using rough stock in your woodworking. In that post I discussed the benefits offered to every woodworker through milling your own boards from rough to ready. What I did not cover is how to go about preparing rough stock for use on a project.

In a new post on my blog, I focus on the first steps in the process and discuss how I typically approach them, and why. Take a look and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#1 posted 01-15-2014 11:07 PM

I know is a 4 year old post, but I just read your blog entry and thought it was very interesting.

I’m equipping a very small shop and would like to splash out on a really nice bandsaw. I have a workbench and am restoring a set of old Stanley hand planes.

Is there any clever way that a bandsaw in conjunction with sleds/fixtures/jigs can be used to square up boards that don’t have one known-to-be-dead-flat edge or face?

If it is not possible to get perfectly squared up boards using just the bandsaw, could I at least use it to get partly/nearly there and then finish up with the hand planes?

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