Preparation of Stock
The essential first step is obtaining a true face side
Synopsis: Proper preparation of a face side and from it a face edge are essential preliminary steps in a woodworking project, writes Ian Kirby. If this part of the job is not done correctly, serious problems will arise in all subsequent operations. Kirby discusses the general principles and requirements of preparation before talking about the specifics of obtaining true reference faces. Among other tools, he uses winding sticks, hand planes, a straightedge, and a jointer. The article is rich in drawings that illustrate the steps he describes.
A face side and a face edge are true reference surfaces from which accurate measurements may be taken. Proper preparation of a face side and from it a face edge are essential preparatory steps in woodworking. If this part of the job is not done correctly, one is bound to get into serious difficulties in all subsequent operations.
Preparing a face side that…