Flat, Straight and Square
Simple milling sequence yields true stock
Synopsis: If you’ve attempted to dovetail cupped boards or build a frame-and-panel door from bowed lumber, you know how frustrating it is to work with poorly prepared stock. Peter Korn explains six steps to creating foursquare stock: flatten the first face, make the second face parallel, square an edge, rip the second edge square, cut an end square, and cut the other end square and to length. He details each step and adds side information on flattening the face of a board with a handplane.
If wood were a stable, homogenous, man-made material like metal or plastic, how much simpler the woodworker’s task would be! Instead, we pay a price for our love of natural beauty. We work with a biological medium that reacts continuously to the environment, changing dimension and shape as it breathes moisture in and out.
If you’ve ever attempted to dovetail cupped boards or…