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#1 posted 10-01-2012 05:31 PM

Thanks for the responses!

Don, I brought out the hand planes basically because my 4” jointer didn’t seem to be doing much to flatten one side. Once I started with the hand planes, they did a great job and I found I would rather use them than the 4”jointer, but I wasn’t positive about the process of hand planes only or about combining hand planes with power jointer/planer.

I think the other issue was with the amount of cupping in this particular board. I think I would have done better if I had started with a board that was less cupped. I plan to use wood from this board for face frame parts as I think there is still a bit to much bend in them for door frames.

I am back and forth between using biscuits or pockets screws for attaching the face frames to the cabinet carcass.

From the responses it looks like I am fine as long as the boards come out flat and square in the end. For the next board I am going to:

1. Flatten one side with the hand planes;

2. Run the board through the planer ( as much as I like the hand planes, the power planer is faster and I think I can get the consistent thickness I want);

3. Once I have the two sides flattened and the correct thickness it appears I have two choices: hand plane the edges or use the jointer; I could also use the table saw as suggested by jmos.

It feels like I am probably over thinking the process. As long as I end up with a consistent thickness and edges that are square to sides that are flat, I am good regardless of which tools I use?

Thanks again for the help! When you are on your own trying to learn something new it is great to be able to get feedback from others with experience!

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