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 in the first place? To hurry and build a bunch of stuff, or to enjoy yourself? It’s therapeutic to take some things slowly. And with practice, squaring lumber by hand won’t take all that long…ask your ancestors.
TOOLS THAT YOU’LL NEED
Even though I have a nice tool buying guide (here), I’m still often asked for links to the tools that I use in my videos, so here they are:
-Lie-Nielsen Low Angle Rabbet Block Plane
-Vintage Stanley No. 5 Jack Plane
-Vintage Stanley No. 4 Smoothing Plane
-Vintage Stanley No. 4 1/2 Smoothing Plane
-Vintage Stanley No. 7 Jointer Plane
-Vintage Stanley No. 6 Fore Plane
-Vintage Stanley No. 8 Jointer Plane
-Vintage Wooden Jointer Plane
MARKING & MEASURING:
-Starrett 6-inch combination square
-Vintage metal try square
-Veritas Wheel Marking Gauge
-Lie-Nielsen panel gauge
-Wooden Straight Edge (see my tutoria)
-Staedtler Mars 780 Technical Mechanical Pencil
-Winding sticks (don’t buy…make your own)
-Vintage Metal Try Square
STEP 1: CUT THE BOARD TO ROUGH DIMENSIONS
Use a longer try square (12″ +) to mark your rough board’s approximate length.
Due to the detail & length of this tutorial, it is continued here at it’s original location.
-- Joshua Farnsworth - Free Traditional Hand Tool Woodworking Tutorials: http://WoodAndShop.com