Flat Planing

Flat Planing

To determine if the entire surface of a board that you’ve run through a thickness planer is flat try the following: Scribble a chalk mark on the surface of the board. Then run it through the planer until the chalk mark disappears.
Flat Planing

Carrying Plywood

The problem with plywood is getting in from here to there. It’s heavy and getting a good grip is difficult…especially if you have to carry it for any length of time. An easy solution is to take a couple of C-clamps and tighten them on to each end. This...
Flat Planing

Deck Lumber

When building a deck or other outdoor platform, don’t use lumber wider than 6 inches. Ponding water on wide boards can lead to eventual cupping problems. For example, use two 2×6’s instead of one 2×12. Pros advise installing the boards crown-side...
Flat Planing

Lumberyard Gear

When going to buy lumber, eliminate the guesswork by taking along the right gear. Take a good flashlight to be able to see wood in dark lumber sheds, plus a pocket knife to scrape rough-sawn boards to check grain. Also take along a good measuring tape, small square,...
Flat Planing

Moisture Check

Your building materials supplier should make random checks of moisture content. 7-12% is good for interior finish materials. 15-19% for kiln dried framing stock.