|Forum topic by Dave11||posted 05-02-2013 09:18 PM||3291 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
05-02-2013 09:18 PM
So I’m continuing to learn to true and joint lumber using only handplanes. Have been practicing on the 8 foot long 2×4s of SYP I’m planning to use for my new benchtop.
Some of these have a slight crook in them, which I’m knocking down now, to be sure the indidual pieces will have the thickness I need for the benchtop. Since the pieces will be glued face to face, a crook will potentially interfere with the thickness down the road once glued up.
But it seems to be quite a challenge to joint the edge of a board 8 feet long with handplanes, the biggest problem being having to check it with a straight edge nearly that long, as I learned early that the 4 foot long straightedge could mislead me if I just moved it along the edge in sections.
So I made a good straight edge out of 3/8 inch plywood, 8 feet long, that could stand on its own, letting me step back and see the entire length at once. This made it much easier, though then the problem seems to be finding a light source that will show through the fairly thick joint made by the plywood edge, over such a long distance all at once.
Am curious how the experienced hand tools people would approach this process. I’ve been considering abandoning the straightedge altogether, and just setting my jointer plane for increasing thicknesses of cut, and planing until I get a continuous shaving, though I tried a few times and seemed to be taking off too much wood, without necessarily getting it flatter.
Thanks for any suggestions.