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ISSUE ARCHIVES

NOV/DEC 2000
Volume 43 /  Issue 2

IN THIS ISSUE
Project Articles
Grandfather Clock, Part 2
Toy Crane
Chess Set

DEPARTMENTS
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Owner’s Gallery
Letters from Owners

Academy Notes
Six easy steps to squaring a board
 
Find A Shopsmith Woodworking Academy Near You
 
Service Pointers
 
Safety Tips
Dust Collection ­ It Shouldn’t be an Option!

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Academy
Notes &
Tips

From the Shopsmith
Woodworking Academy
Six easy steps to square a board

Face it.  The majority of the wood for sale at home centers or lumber yards is less than perfectly squared.   Ready-to-use, squared lumber may be available at some locations, but only at a high, premium price that could scare you nearly to death.

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As a result -- and considering the fact that the best first step in virtually all projects is to square your lumber and cut your project components to size -- the Shopsmith Woodworking Academy Instructors offer the following six steps for success in this squaring process.  Master these and all your future results are bound to be more professional-looking and a lot more satisfying, as well.

1. If you’ve purchased rough, unsurfaced or uneven lumber, use a Thickness Planer to surface the two opposing sides to a uniform thickness. The results on many projects are often negatively affected by assuming that all the lumber coming out of the same pile is of a uniform thickness. This is often NOT the case.

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2. Use your Jointer to joint one edge of your stock. When doing this, set your depth-of-cut to take no more than 1/16-inch in a pass.  Keep taking light passes until the edge is straight and true.

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3. Using your Table Saw, place the freshly jointed edge of your stock against your rip fence and rip your stock to within 1/16-inch of your desired finished dimension.

Continue . . .

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