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Posted on Best way to make small parts flat and square????

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#1 posted 05-20-2017 06:30 PM

I’ve done it a few different ways depending
on what machinery I had available. One
can try cutting “fingers” on the end of a
block on the table saw, using a tenoning
jig type fixture to hold the work upright,
then cutting the fingers off. Still, setting
the cut up properly is fussy business.

Another way to do it which I think I like
better is to use a band saw with a fence
and cut the stock a little thick. Then
stick it to a flat surface using double-sided
carpet tape and work it down to thickness
with a hand plane. It’s also possible to
skip the tape and put a very low stop at
the end of the work bench. The stock will
have a tendency to skip over the stop and
take flight but without being stuck down
it is easier to be sure of the right thickness.

Still another way to do it, which I have not
tried, is a tool called a Saf-T-Planer chucked
in a drill press.

Another way is to mount a sanding drum on
a drill press and using a fence with a spring
on it pull the pieces in between the fence
and the drum.

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