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Posted on Truing lumber by hand--how to avoid "oops"

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#1 posted 04-07-2013 12:26 PM

Don’t forget, one side will often be hidden. If the oops is in a location where it won’t matter, move on.

Take a look at the hidden areas on hand made antiques, like underneath the case, or or the bottoms and backs of drawers, and you’ll see that the forth face wasn’t a worry. It only became a “worry” when factories started cranking out stacks of stock.

I’ve seen Roentgen Furniture with the back off, and even that stuff looks like pallet wood in places that don’t show.

Related to Mike’s scoring tip above… I was taught to zip a soft 4B or carpenter’s pencil around the score. As you reach the scored line, a pencil line will appear, which is easier to see than without the lead. The line will easily come off when you finish the edge, by chamfering or other shaping, or simply breaking it with a block plane or sand paper.

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