The process of accurately dimensioning lumber lacks the romance of cutting beautiful joints, but it is fundamental to quality woodworking. Roger Holmes suggests laying out and cutting pieces to the rough width and length your project requires. Holmes offers tips on flattening one face of each on the jointer -- how to be safe, how to tackle cupping and bowing, and how to deal with grain changes. He offers more tips and ideas as he talks you through planing the stock and edge jointing it. Larry Montgomery offers side information on how to cut your stock straight.

From Fine Woodworking #55