Squaring case sides with hand tools

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Forum topic by 12strings posted 04-17-2014 10:25 PM 1113 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-17-2014 10:25 PM

How do you hand-toolers square large case sides with hand tools? I’m speaking of squaring the ends after you cut them to length with a hand saw. Mine never end up exactly square right off the saw.

Do you use a very large shooting board & hand plane? (I have a shooting board, but it’s not big enough for this job)

Do you clamp it upright at the front of your bench (clamps, or face vise) and just plane freehand down to a line?

Something else?

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#1 posted 04-18-2014 03:54 AM

I square solid wood panels with bench hook style and shoot the end square.I also have a good carpenters square that I use to keep track of my progress.I don’t need one very often so I throw one together fast and break it down when I am sure I don’t need it any more.I think your already on the right track but thought I still share .Bye Aj

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#2 posted 04-18-2014 04:27 AM

I have only done one case so far, and the sides were only 13” wide. I squared the ends up on my long shooting board (26” for doing long grain).

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#3 posted 04-18-2014 04:39 AM

Don’t do many of these sort of things. Most Frame & panel for my sides, however.

Lay the side on the bench

Have the end you want to square up on the side of the bench closest to where you will be standing. Let the rest stick out the back. Clamp the panel to the bench, leaving enough room for a handplane to slide along on.

Now that you have the shooting board set up, one last step. Clamp a bit of scrap to the end you are running the plane towards. This will prevent a blowout on that end.

Slde the plane back and forth, until all points are to the line that marks the “square” of the panel. One could even use a large square, and a marking knife to mark the line for square.

PS: helps to rub so wax/parafin on the plane’s side, or the top of the bench where the plane will be going. Slides abit better that way….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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