Starting With The Timber Prep


Flattening Boards By Hand

Today we got started with Chapter One of our Side Table Series.

It’s the beginning, so we’ve got a chapter full of timber prepping. Taking our rough board and getting it prepped for the build all by hand.
Since first contemplating doing these woodworking videos a few years ago, I started to ask myself, ‘how do you do this.. why do you do that?’ whenever I put a tool to wood. So much of what you do becomes instinctive, that in order to teach it’s felt a bit like stepping back and watching myself, to become aware of the decisions I make.

When it comes to flattening the face of a board with a hand plane, the hows and whys are always different, because all boards are different.
It always felt somewhat pointless to me, to watch a bloke sweating his knackers off flattening a board by hand, when if that board’s different to your board, you’ll pretty much learn nowt.

‘The Board Flattening Formula’

So what I developed, over quite a while, is a board flattening formula. Basically, we make every board the same, and make it the same in a way that’s setting us up for perfection.

The formula gives a simple, one, two, three approach, and it allows us to target the error spots in isolation, without affecting the rest of the board, so we don’t end up chasing our tail or creating a bow.

This Flattening Formula is one of the topics covered in the Chapter One Video. I know, I sound very salesy, but we get a lot of requests and suggestions for allowing you to see more of ‘what’s in the box’ with our videos. So we hope this summary video, along with the contents list below, gives you a little taste of what you’ll see in this first chapter.
Woodworking by hand - the board flattening formula

The Side Table – Chapter One (48mins)

Contents Breakdown:

Prepping The Top Panel
– Dealing With The Sap
– Considering Panel Glue Ups By Hand
– The Board Flattening Formula
– The Quick Prep Approach
– Jointing The Edges
– Gluing Up
Prepping The Base
– Squaring The Edges
– Thicknessing
– Dividing The Components

Learn more about the Side Table Series here.

8 Responses

  1. Glen

    I wish this were out yesterday, so that I could watch last night! Thursdays are my “YOU watch the baby tonight!” nights!

  2. Ken Haygarth

    Wow this is going to be one great project. I will catch up when bank account is more healthy.

    Well done guys 😉

  3. Aleksander Stacherski

    “we get a lot of requests and suggestions for allowing you to see more of ‘what’s in the box’ ”

    This exactly what I was hoping for to know before buy. Thanks for that

  4. Mike

    Wow! You have such a very useful video here. Short but full of content. Great job! I’ll check out your other videos here.

  5. David

    Hmmm, you used a Japanese saw. That surprises me a bit. I own two and are relatively happy with them but never truly mastered their use so I use western saw for any project requiring straight cuts.


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