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#1 posted 04-02-2013 10:48 PM

Hard to see what’s going on from the photo, but it looks like a butt joint that’s flat except right at the very end? When working a hand plane there’s a tendency for concave corners at the beginning and end of a cut. The trick is to lift off the rear or front hand in the beginning and end of the cut respectively.

If you’re just going to cut off the ends, or If that seam will be hidden, your good to go. Otherwise a couple more passes should do the trick. I built an end table last year that had a seam like this but didn’t really care because it was on the inside of the table. A couple times I’ve gotten a board perfectly flat then dropped it on the ground which rounded a corner.

I would advise against trying to fix this with clamping pressure. In my experience it will just open right up again.

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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