|Forum topic by AESamuel||posted 03-19-2015 02:01 PM||842 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
03-19-2015 02:01 PM
I’m making a planter box out of oak and the boards I’m using are about 14”x 6” which I’m milling by hand out of larger band sawn planks which are about 22” x 10”
I decided it would be less work planing if I cut the boards to length because there was an upwards curve at the ends of the boards and generally because of the less amount of wood that physically needed planing. I set to work with my cheapy-scrub and wooden bodied jack/jointer which is around 17” long and I kept getting a belly in the middle of the board. I stopped and had a quick think about the pressure I was putting on the plane and made sure that I was doing front pressure at the beginning, and rear pressure at the end of the stroke and still no change in the belly!
Now after the rambling to introduce my question, in general what is your method when flattening boards? Do you leave the board longer and use the longer plane and then cut to length? Or do you cut to length and use the shorter planes? I only have a scrub, the jack and the smoother.
I realise the post was a bit here and there but I just wanted to explain my situation, haha!