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

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#1 posted 04-07-2013 06:28 PM

I have seen Paul Sellers vid on stock prep, and though it is detailed, he still glosses over (in my opinion) how to come right up the gauge line without cutting past it. He seems somehow to magically know when to stop. He didn’t even seem to look at the gauge lines much while he was planing, though with camera angles, its hard to say.

I’m a newbie at hand tools, but isn’t it really, really important to stop right at the line? For instance, if I plan to glue up the boards face to face for the benchtop, and there’s even a little variation in the thickness of any individual face, isn’t that going to be obvious, even before glue-up? There would be tiny gaps, I’d think. Yet there were lots of benches made well back in the days before thickness planers.

Thanks everyone for the feedback.

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