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08-02-2016 12:52 PM

i have available to me, an almost unlimited supply of 2×6x8’ rough poplar. most of the boards have some bows and a few have crooks.

my question is: i want to resaw most of them in half lengthwise (i’d cut into smaller pieces first), do i follow the bow then plane to flat? or saw close to flat and plane minimally?



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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 08-02-2016 01:38 PM

Cross cut, joint flat, then resaw. Planer will only make the boards thinner. It won’t flatten them.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 08-02-2016 03:50 PM

Gene is right. Joint it flat, then resaw then co-planer the wood. The wood will be a different width once you joint it. Jointing will take the bow out.

People get this confused often but I will do the HIGH LEVEL overview here.

Jointing = making the board flat (taking out bows, etc.)
Planing = making the board the same thickness over the length of the board

Definitely you want the board flat before you resaw otherwise you won’t really know the thickness of the final piece if you resaw the bow and then joint it flat. You might end up with veneer.

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#3 posted 08-02-2016 04:53 PM

Cross cut, joint flat, then resaw. Planer will only make the boards thinner. It won t flatten them.

- Gene Howe



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#4 posted 08-02-2016 07:45 PM

Do you have a specific project in mind for these boards? I’m not sure I’d go planing, resawing, or jointing anything until I had specific final dimensions in mind. You might find out later that you needed it thicker, longer or wider than what you’ve done to it already.

-- Jon -- Just a Minnesota kid hanging out in Kansas

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