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

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#1 posted 04-08-2013 03:56 AM

Lots of good comments here. Glad I asked.

I tried the pencil line tonight, and though it doesn’t always appear at the right time, it usually does, and that makes a big difference. You handplane pros might think it wimpy, but I’ll keep using it as a crutch for now, LOL.

lwlims—I looked carefully as I slowly came down to the gauge line with the smoother plane set very fine, but I never saw the ribbon you describe. I did see, sometimes, a thin line of wood, much like the thin wire off the plane blades when sharpening, though bigger. I’m guessing that’’s what you mean? It wasn’t always there for me, at least using SYP.

I have to say though, turning some of these bowed/twisted scrap boards into reasonably straight boards, using just handplanes, is pretty cool. Gives me some strange satisfaction.

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