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Forum topic by Joe posted 02-14-2009 06:31 PM 939 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-14-2009 06:31 PM

Greetings all, After I get two sides at 90 degrees on the jointer, I go to the planer. I know to put the side down that was jointed. Is it better after you plane the side down (90 degrees from side), to alternate faces(flipping the board) or just take it all off one side down to desired thickness ?.


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#1 posted 02-15-2009 12:02 AM

I was taught to flip the boards once the third side planed smooth. The moisture content in the center of the board is different from that found in the faces. Once you have the tough face planed and paralle flipping the boards while planing to the final thickness is supposed to help even out the moisture content in the board.

Keith Cruickshank has a two part video series on dimensioning lumber that has some good info in it that addresses this subject in the second part. This is Part I. And Part 2 finishes up the discussion.

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#2 posted 02-15-2009 05:17 PM

I second Scott’s comments. I have always been taught to flip the board so that you remove wood evenly and expose higher moisture content evenly.

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#3 posted 02-15-2009 05:51 PM

Roger that. I will start doing it that way. Thanks brother….

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