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.
The Side Table – Chapter One (48mins)
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
– Dividing The Components