|Forum topic by JasonD||posted 12-26-2010 05:32 AM||1450 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
12-26-2010 05:32 AM
I apologize in advance if this is a stupid questions; especially since I think I already know the answer. But as a novice woodworker who’s learned what little he knows from trial and error + books and the Internet, I’d like to pick the brains of more experienced and knowledgeable woodworkers.
I’ve never used shims under a board when flattening it on my bench top (using a #7 jointer plane). I never really had much of a problem before. I guess I’ve just been lucky to have had lumber with at least one flat face.
Anyway, I was flattening a couple of boards tonight to get them ready to face-joint them together. No matter what I did, it seemed like it was only getting worse every time I checked them together. After spending at least an hour fighting with them, I noticed gaps on a few spots under both boards. When I pushed it with my hands, they rocked a bit.
What I’m thinking happened is that the boards moved slightly up and down as my plane passed over them and this prevented the sole of the plane from making a proper connection the entire time. Something that would be fixed if I would have shimmed it up before planing. At least, that’s what I think happened and what I believe will fix it.
Does that sound right? That it’s not possible to hand plane a wobbly board if it isn’t shimmed underneath?