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Question 1:

From Steve:
My question:  Often when I’m resawing boards, the thinner boards coming off of the bandsaw bow, even though the original board was perfectly joined flat.  If they were thicker, I could just flatten them on the jointer.  But they are now so flexible, I cannot push them across the jointer without removing the bow, so they come out still bowed and just thinner.  What is a good method to get them flat on one face for final thicknessing?

Bringing the board to final thickness

Michael’s jointer plane is the tool of choice for finishing off the milling of this perfect board.

Jig for Handplaning Thin Stock

I often resaw thin boards from thicker stock, and then handplane them to the desired thickness. These boards can be as thin as 1⁄8 in. or even 1⁄16 in, and…

Question 2:

From Bob:
When you adjust for the thickness of the shavings to be taken by a plane, you adjust the opening in front of the blade wider or narrower.  Is there any measurement for the size of the opening in front of the blade compared to the shaving thickness, or do you just eyeball it?

Handplane Fundamentals: Grain, Tearout, and Blade Angle

To prevent tearout, you must understand what causes it.

Handplane Tune-up

Step-by-step instructions to get maximum performance from any handplane.



Question 3:

From Mitch:
I am hosting an instrument maker/restoration workshop in my shop this summer. I have lots of space and a budget. We need to build an additional 8-10 benches. These do not need to be incredible everyday benches but something sturdy and useful for a week.  There is a chance this workshop will happen every summer, so having something I can “knock down” would be great too. The minimum dimensions are something similar to those generic woodworker benches from Harbor Freight or Grizzly: say 2′ wide by 4′ long. Do you have any recommendations? Could be a quick and cheap build or an easy to assemble kit.

Make your workbench your own

There’s no one workbench design that fits all woodworkers. You have to tailor yours to meet your own needs.

An Easy-to-Build Workbench

Bolted butt joints for rigid construction

Question 4:

From Andy:
As an amateur woodworker and “professional” physician, I have been making routed letter benches for new infants at the hospital.   The bench simply consists of a top piece and 2 leg pieces.  The basic process consists of cutting a 15-degree angled groove in an 18-inch piece of 2X10 softwood acquired at Home Depot.  The making of each groove is done with multiple passes on my contractor table saw.  Although employing push sticks, the table saw blade remains unguarded and each groove requires approximately ~12 passes.  So far I have now made more than 200 benches but the demand is high. The top bench piece is not light and must be pushed fully through the blade without kickback.  After making 10 benches in a work session there is some boredom and fatigue.  I am concerned that there should be a safer way to make these grooves.  I have attached some pictures that will hopefully outline the issue.

A Guide to Guide Bushings

7 simple jigs make it easy to rout mortises, slots, holes, and more

How to Cut Rabbets and Dadoes with a Router

Learn how to use a router and a simple jig to cut accurate rabbets and dadoes in this project video on building an oak bookcase.


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