Small Shop Adventures #13: Hand Planing Trim Boards.

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Blog entry by BrockF posted 03-13-2018 01:55 AM 1330 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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For the ceiling trim in my parents place I am going with 1×4 boards with a 1/2 inch square strip along the upper edge, all painted white. I am using poplar because it paints great and is such a pleasure to work with.

One of the challenges I face is that the ceilings have a few spots where they are not exactly flat, either because of time or because of muddling, paint, repairs or both. This would be essentially invisible except when you try to put a trim board up.

I can’t do anything about the ceiling so instead I have to scribe the boards to match. The best tool for this seems to be an ordinary hand plane. I set up out on the driveway and went to work.

If you have never hand planed a board, its a wonderful experience. You have total control. There is no need to wear hearing protection. Its a satisfying physical task where you can feel how the sharp blade interacts with the wood. The sound itself is pleasing, as are the thin shavings.

To my surprise I found two small clamps and some scraps to protect the trim were all I needed, along with my great grandfathers repaired saw horses that are probably 80 years old.

Here is the video I managed to make despite the cold.

Best of all was the result. The bottom edge of all the boards line up and the 1/2 strip makes any remaining gaps disappear. And as a final step a little bit of white caulk will make it seamless.

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