Milling Lumber

Square and straight stock is essential to woodworking. If you lay a foundation of accuracy when milling lumber, then your joinery and assembly have a much better chance of going together smoothly and sweetly. The Basics: • Select quality lumber: A badly
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  • Straight Cuts with a Circular SawVideo: Straight Cuts with a Circular Saw

    with Gary Williams

    Rip sheet goods and solid wood lumber without a tablesaw

  • Log-Home WoodworkingVideo: Log-Home Woodworking

    with Roy Underhill

    PBS host of "The Woodwright's Shop" entertains in this lively demonstration

  • Rip Narrow Moldings from Wide StockVideo: Rip Narrow Moldings from Wide Stock

    with Steve Latta

    Custom push sticks and an organized milling process produce delicate moldings safely on the tablesaw

  • Squaring Up Rough LumberVideo: Squaring Up Rough Lumber

    with Gary Rogowski

    Learn the four-square technique for milling lumber

  • All About Milling LumberAll About Milling Lumber

    by Gary Rogowski

  • Flatten Boards without a JointerFlatten Boards without a Jointer

    by Keith Rust

    Working with wide lumber would be a joy if not for the dilemma of how to flatten the boards. The obvious method is to rip a wide board into narrower strips, use ...

  • Flattening TabletopsFlattening Tabletops

    by Rob Hare

    You can take all the warp and twist out of a large slab of wood with hand-held tools: winding sticks, a power planer, a belt sander, and a palm sander. Using furniture ...

  • How to Get Square, Stable StockHow to Get Square, Stable Stock

    by Gary Rogowski

    Transform rough lumber into square and stable stock with this foolproof milling process described in detail by Fine Woodworking contributing editor Gary Rogowski. ...

  • Lumberyard SleuthLumberyard Sleuth

    by Cliff Scott

    Finding entire logs to saw up isn’t always a realistic option for most woodworkers. Fortunately, there are ways to find boards from the same tree at your local ...

  • From Rough to ReadyFrom Rough to Ready

    by Roger A. Skipper

    Roger A. Skipper is a lumber processor as well as a construction consultant and instrument maker. In this article he share techniques he developed to streamline ...

  • Planing Difficult GrainPlaning Difficult Grain

    by Mario Rodriguez

    Beautiful wood is often difficult to tame. There’s a way to do so using planes and sanders, and Mario Rodriguez explains how in this article. The first step is ...

  • Bandsaw Your Own VeneerBandsaw Your Own Veneer

    by Timothy Coleman

    Shop-sawn veneer offers the stability of commercial veneer and a measure of flexibility that is missing from its commercial cousin. The bandsaw is the essential ...

  • Four Squaring with Hand ToolsFour Squaring with Hand Tools

    by Anthony Guidice

    Anthony Guidice requires his students to rip, crosscut, surface, and edge-joint boards by hand before he lets them use machines. Once your tools are sharp, you ...

  • From Rough to FinishFrom Rough to Finish

    by Gary Rogowski

    Sometimes you have to take the lumber you can get, even if it has defects; just have faith in your machines. Gary Rogowski explains different milling strategies ...

  • Joint-Quality Edges Cut on a TablesawJoint-Quality Edges Cut on a Tablesaw

    by Lon Schleining

    A common assumption is that the smoother surface a jointer gives is better for glue, but Lon Schleining says that the tablesaw can also yield excellent results. ...

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