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How to Square, Flatten, & Dimension Rough Boards with Hand Tools {10 Steps}

09-27-2014 11:45 PM by WoodAndShop | 2 comments »

In the above video, and in the below 10 steps, I teach one of the most basic and essential skills in traditional woodworking: how to square, flatten, & dimension your own rough lumber into finished boards. To build quality traditional furniture, you need to start with perfectly flat and square lumber. Some people achieve this with power jointers, planers, and table saws. While the electrical power route is more economical for a commercial woodworking workshop, I prefer the safety, exercise, quiet, and historical feeling that comes from dimensioning my boards by hand. Plus, it just makes you feel cool. Sure it takes a little longer, but why did you get into woodworking...

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