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

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#1 posted 04-07-2013 09:16 PM

Dave, part of what you’re seeing as glossing over is just muscle memory from repetition. Once you’ve dimensioned a few boards, and made some mistakes, you’ll get to know how much of a cut to take, and where to take off the material. In general, checking early and often is good practice, as it taking more thin passes than few thick ones.

You’ll have a tendency to take more of the material from the ends, making a convex face. To counter-act this, you should ease off the pressure as you start and end the pass, and possible take a few cuts from the middle of the board before doing a full length shaving.

Since you’re making a benchtop, your boards don’t actually need to be all the same thickness, since they’ll turned on their sides and glued up. So this is a great opportunity to practice hitting a given thickness mark.

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