Christian Becksvoort has his rough-sawn lumber milled on two sides to 7/8 in., so that most of the faces will be planed. The result, after handplaning and sanding, is a clean panel that is a full 3/4 in. He offers tips on how to select lumber and how to match grain, color, and growth rings. He trues up the edges first with a jointer or handplane, and he explains how to align boards and avoid introducing twist into your glued-up panels. He shares ideas on clamp tightening and cleaning up the squeeze-out, too.

From Fine Woodworking #79