I inspect my lumber before I run it through the jointer or planer, looking for any grit or metal. So I was surprised to suddenly get a chip in my jointer blades. After looking more closely, I realized that the end of the plank had a few small grains of sand in it, probably picked up while it was standing on end in the lumberyard. Now I make it a practice to cut off about 1/4 in. from both ends, just to be safe.
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