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Posted on Flattening Rough Board with only Low Angle Jack?

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#1 posted 10-06-2017 03:51 PM

I have no power planer or jointer, flatten everything by hand after getting it close with a bandsaw. I bought a toothed blade for my LN 62, it works great for milling and the ghastly tearout you can get from the normal blade is practically eliminated. You still can rough up the sides, so make sure your boards are wider than you need.

When I first got my LA Jack I tried flattening boards with the regular blade, didn’t get the job done fast enough for me, or I got tearout. I leave the regular blade for shooting and edge jointing every now and then. But the toothed blade is great for flattening, I can’t say enough good things about it. In no time, a board cleans up nicely with a #8 and #4 or just a #4.

If you’re gonna mill by hand, you should consider a toothed blade. Before I got mine I was dreading taking off, say, 1/8” off an entire board face. Not any more.

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