|STEP 7| LEARN HOW TO SQUARE & FLATTEN ROUGH BOARDS

By Joshua Farnsworth

In order for wood joints to fit together properly and for edges to glue together tightly your boards need to be perfectly square, straight, and smooth. Although this process isn’t as quick as “milling” boards through power tools, it doesn’t take all that long, and is much more satisfying. Check out the video tutorials below, and choose your favorite!

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Videos about Dimensioning & Squaring Boards with Hand Tools:

Here are a few of my favorite videos about squaring and preparing rough-hewn wood for joinery. I recommend that new traditional woodworkers use pre-dimensioned wood for their first few projects, in order to save some frustration and get excited about joinery. But even with pre-dimensioned boards, you’ll still usually need to do some minor squaring up.

 

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