I’ve watched quite a few Paul Sellers Master Classes over the months and many on truing up lumber. Yes I picked up a planer and jointer from Craig’s List, but there are times when they won’t do the job and today was one such time. I was able to employ a few of Paul’s techniques. One series Paul did was on various ways of holding stock when the stock and your bench don’t necessarily work together. Having pieces that exceed the length of my bench, forced me to think outside the box when it came time to clamp for planing.
I’m using Douglas Fir for this project and the posts are 4×6. Needless to say they’re less than ideal in terms of appearance when raw from the lumber yard, but these were also less than ideal in terms of being true and straight. I picked up 10 footers to be cut to size – exactly 100”. Using my Starrett 4’ straight edge – haven’t made winding sticks yet – I was able to find the straightest section along each post and then work from there. All 4 posts have issues, from some twist to a bow, but nothing I couldn’t handle with the old Stanley Bedrock no.8.
I squared and trued one wide face to a side on each post. I’ll then run them through the planer for the other two sides. All in all, it was a fun day in the shop – especially after installing the AC :)
-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)