How to dimension lumber with handtools #2: Reference Face

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Blog entry by LastingBuild posted 09-11-2018 01:56 AM 1122 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In this video, I establish the reference face. The reference face will determine all other dimensions of the board. I begin by placing the board cup side down for stability then I determine which direction of the grain. Once the board is positioned on the workbench I chamfer the opposing edge and begin to plane the board perpendicular to the grain along the length of the board. Once the board is relatively flat side to side, I test for twist with my winding sticks. If twist exists, I plane down the high corners until the twist is gone. I then turn my attention to flattening lengthwise using my jointers plane. I can tell when I get close to flat as the plane shaves the length of the board. The sound gives it away. I check myself using my reference 3 foot level. Once I am satisfied with the reference face, it gets a distinctive mark. This board took about 10 minutes to flatten all by hand.

To see my video tutorial follow the link below!

-- LastingBuild

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