How to Plane Wood Flat

Flattening and squaring timber by hand is no easy task, I warn you. It takes a lot of patience and a lot of visualisation to diagnose what work needs to be done.

This lessons objectives:

  • How to remove cups, bows and twists
  • How to check a face for flatness
  • How to use a cambered blade to flatten a surface
  • How to ensure a clean, flat finish is achieved

For those of you that do not have a workbench with a tail vice or other means of holding a board flat on a bench, I would recommend getting some Veritas Wonder Dogs/Pups. These things only require a 19mm (3/4″) hole to be drilled and you're sorted.

The pups are for shallower workbenches whereas the dogs are made for thicker workbenches.

Now that your timber is square, next lets focus on getting it to the correct thickness. Click here to go to the next article.

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