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#1 posted 10-01-2012 01:45 AM

I would say your method could work, but may not. It is not guaranteed to work, since your doing portions by hand, which require more skill, but they most certainly can work.

You’re starting with one jointed edge. By hand planing the first face, you have to make sure it is square to the jointed edge. The power planer will make sure the second face is parallel to the reference face, and the jointer will make sure the last edge is square to the faces, but it will not ensure it is parallel to the first edge. So your method does not guarantee the hand planed edge is square to the faces, or that the two edges are parallel.

If you want to be more positive, you can do a rough rip of the board nearly to width. Hand plane one face flat, then power plane the other face, then joint one edge, then go back to the table saw to do a final rip to the other edge. This uses the machines to ensure all are square and parallel.

That said, people have been making boards four square for centuries with hand tools, and it most certainly can be done with appropriate skill and care.

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