How to Square A Piece of Wood Technology Education When ever you want to build a project out of wood, one of the first steps you go through is squaring up the piece of wood. These next steps will help you as you proceed with your project. Equipment Needed; Table Saw, Jointer, and a Thickness Planner, As you can see this 2x4 is so warped and twisted that it won’t lay flat. Take the stock and place the wide side down and run it through the jointer. Have the jointer set to 1/32 of an inch. It will take approximately about 15 passes to flatten the bottom of this board. This is what the board should look like after you have flattened it. When you remove material from the face of a board it is call planning. Don't confuse this with thickness planning. Now place the face that you just planed up against the jointer fence like shown and plane one of the edges. Now adjust the fence to take off about 1/8 of material from the board as shown. The machine face should be down and the tooled edge should be against the fence. I now flip the board and cut off another 1/8" from the other side. The machine face is still face down. Now it is time to machine the other face and to make sure the board is the same thickness through out. This must be done on a thickness planner. Make sure the machined face is down. That's it. Now you have nice square boards ready for what ever project you are building.
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